Day 1: Australia – – Kathmandu (D)
Today, depart for Kathmandu, Nepal to begin your trek to the World’s highest mountain. On arrival into Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, join an orientation presentation to get to know your guides and fellow travellers. This evening you enjoy a welcome dinner with Nepalese cultural show.
Day 2: Kathmandu (B)
Kathmandu city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal and is surrounded by four major hills: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. Today head out on a full day tour of Kathmandu city and surrounding valley. Visit Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Pashupatinath and is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Enjoy the Boudhanath. This ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world and is on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of Kassapa Buddha. See the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Patan Durbar Square, one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Day 3: Kathmandu – – Lukla – Pakhding (B)
This morning fly to Lukla. Situated at 2,860 metres, it is a popular place for visitors to the Himalayas near Mount Everest to arrive. Lukla is where we begin our trek. Today put on your boots and backpack and trek for Pakhding (2-3 hours, approx. 6.5kms). Today is an easy day with an approximately three hour trek to Phakding. To route is mainly downhill through Rhododendron, magnolia trees and pine forests. Upon passing through several small settlements with prayer wheels, flags, pointed Mani stones and tearooms, one thing is for sure, the immediate beauty of this valley overwhelms you and is intoxicating. On arrival into Pakhding the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Day 4: Pakhding – Namche Bazaar (B)
After breakfast we begin our trek to Namche Bazaar (5-6 hours, approx. 12kms). This morning we pass through the gates of the Sagamartha National Park. We follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi, and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa ‘capital’ of Nepal. It is a tough climb as the trail passes through forest of pine to a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt Everest. The trail continues to climb and meander to Namche, and the sight of this prosperous village spread within a horse-shoe shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri is worth every step. Catch a first glimpse of Everest during a steep climb that brings us to the Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Namche Bazaar (B)
Today is a rest and acclimatisation day. In Namche Bazaar, towering to over 4000 metres above the valley floor, spectacular peaks seem to engulf us. Around us are Taweche (6542 m), Thamserku (6808 m), Kantega (6685 m), Ama Dablam (6856 m), Nuptse (7896 m) and Lhotse (8511 m). The greatest of all, Mt Everest (8848 m), rises at the head of the valley. Spend the day doing as little or as much as you like. The Sherpa Cultural Centre has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs for those wanting to learn more about the climbing history of this region.
Day 6: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (B)
Today’s trek involved a gradual climb following the trail high above the Dudh Koshi River, followed by an ascent of 600m to Tengboche at 3875m (4-5 hours, approx. 10.5kms). You’ll start to see now the trees begin to thin as we gain elevation. The walk today is considered one of the most beautiful valley walks on Earth. The trail takes us through pine and rhododendron forest, and, as this is a devout Buddhist region, the wildlife is unharmed and not too shy. As a result there is a possibility that we may see Himalayan Thar, Musked Deer or pheasants in the forest. The last part of the trek is steep up to the village of Tengboche, famous for its Monastery. The monastery was re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after it was destroyed by fire in 1989. The views of the Everest massif, as well as all the other major peaks of the area are astounding. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure
Day 7: Tengboche – Dingboche (B)
Today’s hike takes us down through a beautiful forest to the village of Pangboche. With the stunning peak of Ama Dablam towering directly overhead, hike up to the remote village of Dingboche (5-6 hours, approx. 11kms). The path proceeds along the western side of the Imja Khola, through a landscape becoming progressively more barren due to the altitude. Not long after Shomare, the path forks and initially drops down to a bridge across the Khumbu Khola and then climbs upwards to Dingboche. Dingboche is a village in the Khumbu region of north eastern Nepal in the Chukhung Valley with a population of approximately 200 people at an elevation of 4,410m.
Day 8: Dingboche (B)
Today is our second acclimatisation day at 4,410m. You might be feeling tired from our day yesterday, so use the day to relax. For those with more energy you may wish to hike up to the ridge overlooking the village or perhaps up to Chukung Village for excellent views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Chukung Peak and Imja Tse.
Day 9: Dingboche – Lobuche (B)
Today we are gaining altitude and it is important that we move at a slow, steady pace (5-6 hours, approx. 7.7kms). The slopes are quite barren now as we move above the tree line. Views of different peaks, such as Cholatse and Lobuche, unfold before us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape. We move up the Dhugla Ridge and onto moraine towards the Khumbu Glacier. Rock cairns and Nuptse. The hill above the town affords fine sunset views of Nuptse can be seen, many of which are dedicated to the memory of climbers attempting the high mountains of the area, including Everest. The temperatures drop here as we are more exposed amongst this glacial moraine. We enjoy spectacular views all day today of Pumori and Nuptse. On arrival, the afternoon is free to relax. The hill above the town affords fine sunset views of Nuptse.
Day 10: Lobuche – Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp – Gorakshep (B)
Today we trek alongside the Khumbu Glacier as the path winds over the rocky moraine towards the settlement of Gorakshep. We are high, among the glaciers of the world’s highest peaks. Following our arrival at Gorakshep we commence our trek to Everest Base Camp, tucked into the mountainside under the sparkling Khumbu Icefall. In the pre monsoon season many expeditions can be seen at base camp and this excursion is one of the highlights of the trek. After some time to relax and explore Base Camp we trek back down to Gorakshep. (8-9 hours, approx. 15kms)
Day 11: Gorakshep – Kalapathar – Pheriche (B)
For some this is the highlight of the trek, the day starts with hopefully a bright morning and we ascend to KalaPathar (Black rock) where you will have the privilege to get one of the best views of Mount Everest and its neighbouring peaks, get your cameras out and enjoy the view you have made it and deserve after all the hard work. We will now descend to Pheriche and where we will rest for the night. (6-7 hours, approx. 13kms).
Day 12: Pheriche – Tengboche (B)
Today is an easier day as we begin our journey back down to Tengboche (3-5 hours, approx. 8kms). A short day’s journey towards Tengboche consists of a trek through forests filled with of a variety of lush trees – birch, conifers and rhododendron. This picturesque trail dips, crossing the Imja River. It is a steep incline down from Debuche, but the views are today wonderful.
Day 13: Tengboche – Namche Bazaar (B)
Today we trek down to Namche (5-6 hours, approx. 10.5kms). We will reach Namche a place we visited earlier in the trek. If the weather is clear, the mountain views are outstanding – Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are at the head of the valley, their line of sight flanked by Taweche on one side and Ama Dablam on the other. Almost directly above us are Kantega and Thamserku. Completing a 360 degree panorama of mountains are Khumblia and Kongde Ri which encircle us from across the valley. It’s a pleasant walk down to Namche, and as we near the village we pass through terraced fields that are home to a brightly colored pheasant, the Danphe Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal.
Day 14: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (B)
Retracing our steps along the valley, we pass through a variety of settlements and forests before a gentle climb to Lukla. We savour our final mountain sunsets of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey. Our last evening of the trek is a good time to have a small party for all the team, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here.
Day 15: Lukla – Kathmandu (B)
This morning after breakfast we’ll fly back to Kathmandu today and enjoy free time in Kathmandu for some much needed rest! On arrival you’ll be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is yours.
Day 16: Kathmandu – Australia (B)
Today there is leisure time until you are transferred to the airport for your departure flight home.
Day 17: Australia
Arrive home today.