Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
Flying in Kathmandu is a panoramic excitement on a clear day. The view of snow-capped mountain peaks gives you the ecstatic pleasure for the beginning of the memorable experiences that stay with you throughout your life time. And when your plane lands, our representative from Adventure Mission Nepal (AMN) Treks will meet and greet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. We will offer you a welcome dinner with cultural show at restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and Trek preparation
After breakfast at hotel a tour guide will takes you to the historical and cultural places of Kathmandu. The Kathmandu city presents a fabulous mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and western influence in the valley. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar square and Swayambhunath.
Day 3: Flight to Lukla & Trek to Phakding [2656m}
Early in the morning we will take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800 m), a small airtrip high above the Dudh Koshi valley. We will take breakfast there and prepare all the necessary gears and begin the trek descending to Chaunrikharka and heading up to the Dudh Koshi valley to Phakding, where we will camp by the river side.
Day 4: Trek to Namche [3450m]
From Phakding we cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo there is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set up in order to protect and preserve the mountain environment. After that we rise up to Namche and along the way if the weather favors then we can catch the first glimpse of the Mt. Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and it has a busy Saturday market which is a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan Yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. We will camp near the Namche bazaar on that day.
Day 5: Rest day in Namche
Namche lies between two ridges among the giant peaks of the Khumbu. It consists of many tea shops, souvenir shops and lodges. It is a beautiful and ideal place to spend a rest day. On that day you can walk to visit the Khunde Hospital which was set up by Sir Edmund Hillary or you can even walk one hour up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche. From that very place you can watch the wonderful sunset over Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. Also there are good views from the other places like National Park Centre and Museum just above the village.
Day 6: Trek to Dole [4084m]
Now we are approaching 4500m, so we will stay at Machermo for an extra day. This day is a spectacular day in terms of scenery as we follow the main track north out of Namche. A short climb reveals a beautiful view towards Everest and Lhotse. We will follow this track for sometime passing many traders selling Tibetan handicrafts, to a cross roads high above Dudh Koshi. The track to Everest drops down the hill but we turn off here and climb to cross the Mon La before reaching Phortse Tenga., the track climbs steeply to dole through rhododendron and birch festooned with hanging mosses, lichens and many other creatures.
Day 7: Trek to Machermo [4410m]
From Dole we climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the rhododendron forests give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The track passes many summer settlements [yersa], which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us we will see excellent views of Cho Oyu. While at the rear are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. After the short trek we will arrive at Machermo in time for lunch.
Day 8: Trek to Gokyo [4750m]
After a rest we moves forward for the lakes at Gokyo. We follow very scenic and wonderful path to Pangka and then descend slowly following one of the rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. After that we climb a step rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier passing the first of the holy lakes. We in no time arrive at the second of the lakes crossing the path which leads across the glacier to Cho La which is our route to Lobuche and Everest later in the trek. Dudh Pokhari is the third lake and on the eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. While walking by the side of the lake the scenery is breath taking with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its beautiful green waters.
Day 9: Rest day - Ascent of Gokyo Ri [5483m]
Gokyo Ri is situated above the village on the northern edge of the lake and we leave our camp at early morning following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb we can see the view of the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu as well as view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself. It is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region. For those who are interested there are more good views to be had by dropping back down to the main path and following it north to the fourth and fifth of the Gokyo lakes.
Day 10: Trek to Tragnag [4690m]
Being fit and fine we leave Gokyo to cross the Ngozumpa Glacier. From here we descend to the second lake and drop down onto the glacier. The route across the glacier is wonderful and marked by cairns and it is generally quiet and well defined. Now we climb off the glacier by a small dwelling known as Tragnag and follow a shallow valley to our camp by a small Kharka.
Day 11: Trek to Lobuche [4928m]
We have to start early in the morning today because we have to cross Cho La and make the long decline to Lobuche. While walking up the valley we cross a ridge and an old lateral moraine before beginning the rocky scramble to the pass. While passing we can see fabulous view across the Rolwaling Valley in the west and Ama Dablam to the south. The descent from the pass involves the crossing of a small glacier which is often snow covered and is fairly straightforward. There are more excellent and wonderful views of Ama Dablam and the forbidding north face of Cholatse as we fall to the pastures below. The way to Lobuche contours the grassy slopes above a lake, the Tshola Tsho, to join up with the main Everest trail from Pheriche and Thyangboche. The path flattens out and follows the valley on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche.
Day 12: Trek to Zhongla from Tragnag
We start this day in the morning from Tragnag after breakfast. The trail is well defined with a steep climb. We will have to cross the Chola pass (5330m). The trail during the crossing of the pass is little slippery. Sometime there are rocks falling from the mountain tops so you need to be extra careful during climb on to this pass. The Mountain View on the way is also very fulfilling as you can see peaks like Lhotse, Amadablam and Gokyo Ri. It takes about 4-5 hours to reach Zhongla after crossing the pass. We will have lunch at Zhongla (if we haven’t carried packed lunch) or the place before depending on the time we take for this day.
Day 13: Trek to Lobuche
We will start the day little elate as you must be exhausted after crossing the high pass yesterday. Most of the day is downhill with couple of hours of climbing up. The journey to Lobuche takes about 5 hours. While passing we can see fabulous view across the Rolwaling Valley in the west and Ama Dablam to the south. The way to Lobuche contours the grassy slopes above a lake, the Tshola Tsho, to join up with the main Everest trail from Pheriche and Thyangboche. The path flattens out and follows the valley on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche.
Day 14: Trek to Pangboche [3985m]
It is downhill most of the way today and past Lobuche to Duglha and Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue Association has trekkers’ aid post here which is interesting to visit. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.
Day 15: Trek to Namche [3450m]
We can’t stop follow the river and we continue our journey by following river and after crossing it we climb through birch and rhododendron forest to Thyangboche and its famous monastery. The views from Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are wonderful and eye catchy. From Thyangboche we climb down to the bridge over the Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga where there are water driven prayer wheels before returning back to Namche.
Day 16: Trek to Lukla [2800m]
Today is the final day of our trekking and it follows the Dudh Koshi down to Lukla. This evening on the lap of the mountains is the best opportunity for a farewell party and lots of fun with Sherpa guides, Porters and others. On this very day we try Sherpa dancing, exchange some greetings and look back on a notable trekking experience.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
On this day we pack up early in the morning and head for the runway to hope for a flight back to Kathmandu. After that the rest of your day is free. You can do your own things. You could do some shopping for your family and for your remembrance or you can send a few post cards to home or even go down for a walk to Thamel which is n internationally known hub for tourist in Asia.
Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu
If the flight from Lukla is cancel due to the weather conditions or any other circumstances then you can fly today. You are free in this day and if you want we can plan programs for you or you can enjoy your free time.
Day 19: Depart Kathmandu
Our representative from Adventure Mission Nepal (AMN) Treks will take you to the airport for your flight home. Or you can stay longer for short tours like game drive at National parks, some fun in wild water rafting and many more.