Day 01 – Arrival Day in Kathmandu (1,300 m)
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representative will welcome you and explain the program further. You will be transferred to your Hotel. There are no planned activities for the day, so you may check into the hotel and relax or spend the rest of the time as you please. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02 - Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour and Trek Preparation
The sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu valley includes touring the four major UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu city. The heritage sites include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Boudhanath Stupa, the holy temple of Pashupatinath and the Swayambhunath Stupa. Each of the heritage sites holds a religious reverence in Nepal's art and architectural context. The Kathmandu Durbar Square is a sprawling complex of old buildings, medieval structures, temples and the former old royal palace of the Nepalese monarchy. The Boudhanath Stupa, likewise, is the largest Buddhist Mandala in the world. The Pashupatinath temple, on the other hand, is the holiest Hindu shrine in Nepal and the Swayambhunath Stupa- also known as "the Monkey Temple" is a sacred temple to both the Hindu and the Buddhist people of the country. After the tour, you will be transferred back to the Hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03 - Fly to Lukla (2,800 m) and Trek to Phakding (2652m), Duration: 3 – 4 Hours
After an early morning transfer to the airport for your Lukla flight, you will be entering the Khumbu region. The flight to Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield of Lukla, called the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, is at high evaluation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about an exceptional 60 meters only! From Lukla, you will trek to Phakding accompanied by beautiful Himalayan landscapes with verdant hills that surround the valleys and far-off Himalayan views of peaks of the Khumbu. Overnight at the guesthouse at Phakding.
Day 04 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m), Duration: 6 Hours
Following the Dudh Koshi River, we will ascend through Himalayan pine and cedar forests to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. Namche is a major trade center of the region and also boats a variety of modern conveniences. On the way to Namche, you can capture your first glimpses of Everest (8848m) and neighboring peaks. Overnight at the guesthouse at Namche.
Day 05 – Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar
Today is specially sanctioned for acclimatization. It is important to be properly acclimatized while trekking as it prevents altitude sickness. Namche is a great place for acclimatization as you can spend the day exploring the town. You can also visit the famous Everest View Hotel today that is situated a little distance away from the town. The hotel is the highest located hotel in the world and you can look at the views of Mount Everest as well as peaks like the Lhotse (8414m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and the Thamserku (6608m). Overnight at the guesthouse at Namche.
Day 06 – Trek to Thyangboche (3,867 m), Duration: 5 – 6 Hours
From Namche, we will wind our way through amazing terrains laden with pine and cedar towards the settlement of Thyangboche. With the gushing Dudh Koshi River flowing beside the trail, the trek is quite pleasant. Thyangboche lies in the confluence of the Imja Khola and the Dudh Koshi Rivers. From the Thyangboche monastery's hamlet, you can get amazing views of the glimmering peaks as well. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Thyangboche.
Day 07 – Trek to Pheriche (4,200 m), Duration: 4 – 5 Hours
Beyond Thyangboche, the landscape enters the steppes where the altitude starts increasing beyond the 4,000-meter mark. The trail drops down towards Dingboche. You will be crossing the Imja River and climb past amazing Mani stones carved with the Tibetan Buddhist chants and prayers to Pangboche. Then the trail climbs to Pheriche. Overnight stay at a guesthouse at Pheriche.
Day 08 – Acclimatization day at Pheriche
Today is another day of acclimatization. You can explore the village today and take stunning pictures of the Himalayan peaks. Pheriche is situated above the Tsola River and is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers. At Pheriche, you can also pay a visit to a memorial area dedicated to those that have died attempting to climb the peaks of the Himalayan mountains ranges. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Pheriche.
Day 09 – Trek to Lobuche (4,928 m), Duration: 5 – 6 Hours
From Pheriche, it is a gentle climb towards Lobuche. The trans-Himalayan landscape is mostly moss-covered woodlands and the gaping valleys open wide towards vast pastures with donkey caravans and yaks contently grazing. The village of Lobuche is situated at the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The views of mountains like Nuptse (7861m), Lobuche East (6119m) and Everest (8848m) from the village are very beautiful. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Lobuche.
Day 10 – Trek to Gorakshep (5,160 m) and visit Everest Base Camp (5,316 m), Duration: 6 – 7 Hours
After a short climb through the Himalayan meadows, you can look down at the Khumbu glacier. After admiring the gorgeous natural grandeur, we head to the Everest Base Camp. We mostly travel on moraines and ridges to reach the base camp. From here, you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Khumbu glacier and the Khumbu icefall. After spending time at the base camp, we will return back to Gorakshep. Overnight stay at Gorakshep.
Day 11 – Early Hike to Kalapatthar (5,545 m) and Trek to Dingboche (4,358 m), Duration: 7 – 8 Hours
The day starts with a hike up to Kalapatthar (5545m), an excellent viewpoint from where you can observe the Mount Everest massif and innumerable spectacular mountain views of the Khumbu. Usually, the hike to Kalapatthar is done before sunrise so that trekkers can witness the rising rays of the sun amidst the Everest Mountains like Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Nuptse (7861m), Pumori (7165m), Thamserku (6608m) and Lobuche Peak (6145m). After spending time at Kalapatthar taking in the view, we will trek back to Gorakshep, have our breakfast and descend to Dingboche- the summer valley of the Khumbu. Overnight at the guesthouse at Dingboche.
Day 12 – Trek to Chhukung Valley (4,730 m), Duration: 2 – 3 Hours
From Dingboche, you will make your way towards the Chhukung valley where lies the village of Chhukung. Along the upward trek, you can come across many small Buddhist stupas that stand with a line of prayer flags stretching out to other stupas in the distance. Looking back down below the valley, you can see Dingboche, with the snow-covered Himalayas towering high above in the far distance. Overnight stay at a guesthouse at Chhukung.
Day 13 – Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200 m), Duration: 3 – 4 Hours
From Chhukung, we will make a leisurely start following the valley with great views of Ama Dablam (6856m) dominating the skyline. The trek to Island Peak Base Camp is on a fairly steep trail. Climbing south from the valley, we will walk on a winding path followed by a pleasant trail along a streamside. Following the moraines that flow from Lhotse (8414m) towards the sand flats at PareshayaGyab, we will reach the Island Peak Base Camp. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.
Day 14 – Trek to High Camp (5,600 m), Duration: 2 – 3 Hours
From the base camp, we will make our way towards High Camp. We ascend only a short altitude to reach the High Camp. There is no access to water at the high camp so you will need to bring extra supplies. We rest for a while and you can spend the rest of the day exploring the area around the High Camp. Overnight stay at High Camp.
Day 15 – Climb to Island Peak Summit and Trek to Chhukung, Duration: 10 – 11 Hours
A very early start is needed so that the summit can be reached by noon. Strong winds in the afternoon can potentially derail a summit attempt if an early start is not taken. Crossing extremely rocky and icy terrains as you leave high camp, you will be climbing on grounds that eventually turn into a glacier. The ice is often very fragmented, so you will have to use ascenders on fixed ropes. After reaching the summit and taking in all the wonderful views Ama Dablam (6856m), Lhotse (8414m), Nuptse (7861m) and other mountains, you will gradually descend back to Chhukung. Overnight stay at Chhukung.
Day 16 – Trek to Thyangboche (3,867 m), Duration: 4 – 5 Hours
From Chhukung, you will have an easy descent to the scenic village of Pangboche, passing through various Sherpa villages. Further on, the trail takes you through the Imja Valley to the town of Thyangboche. On our way back to Thyangboche, you can observe the lifestyle of people in these regions as you pass through small settlements. Overnight at Thyangboche.
Day 17 – Trek to Namche (3,440 m), Duration: 4 – 5 Hours
The trek back to Namche is pleasant and you can slowly ascend down towards the familiar town as you wind across the Dudh Koshi River valley. The views of the mountain peaks accompany you once again and you can enjoy the Imperial pheasants that reside in the woodlands along the trail. Overnight stay at Namche.
Day 18 – Trek to Lukla, Duration: 6 – 7 Hours
From Namche, you will make your way back towards Lukla, passing by several Sherpa settlements. The trek back is beautiful and you can enjoy the hallmarks of the natural trans-Himalayan terrain again. Today marks the final day of your trip in the Everest region so you can shop for souvenirs in Lukla. Overnight stay at Lukla.
Day 19 – Fly back to Kathmandu
You will bid the mountains goodbye for the last time as you make your way back towards Kathmandu from Lukla. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you can spend the rest of the day as you please, exploring the city on your own or relaxing. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 20 – Departure from Kathmandu
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be dropped off at the airport for your final departure.
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