Epic Everest Trek (16 days)

Trekking through the Himalayan Mountains is truly humbling experience, and one of a life time. Connect with the nature, culture and history around you as you trudge up mountainous terrains, across swinging suspension bridges and through beautiful valleys. Experience one of a kind views of mountains, glaciers and horizons, as well as cultural monuments and landmarks. This journey is sincerely for those with wanderlust at their cores and adventure in their hearts!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1

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Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal (1300m)

Accommodation: Hotel Yak and Yeti

It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time.

As your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and overnight at your hotel.

 

Day 2

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Kathmandu:

  • Visit the Hindu Shrine of Pashupatinath
  • See the biggest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Boudhanath
  • Tour the 15th century Palace of 55 Windows
  • Visit Swayambhunath

Accommodation: Hotel Yak and Yeti

Meals: B

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significance.

There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath.

In the evening, you will be briefed about your trip.

Day 3

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Transfer: Fly to Lukla (2886m)

Lukla:

  • Trek to Phakding (2652m)

Accommodation: Local Village Tea House

Meals: B,L,D

Your early flight to Lukla today will take approximately 30 minutes; from here you will trek to Phakding, descending 200m over 3 hours. You will catch a glimpse of some great mountains such as Nupla (5885m) above Kongde Ridge, Kusum Kang (6367m) appears on the right a little later.

All along you will be following the northern (left) bank of the Dudh Kosi River. It is important to take these first few days slowly to enable your body to acclimatize and to enjoy the passing scenery and culture.

Day 4

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Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m):

  • Cross a river on a high suspension bridge
  • Enter the gateway of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Visit a rest stop to admire the view of Everest in the distance

Accommodation: Local Village Tea House

Meals: B, L,D

Today begins on level ground, relative to the environment in which you are! You will cross the river on a high suspension bridge and begin to climb up to Monjo (2800m) and on to the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park Entrance in place to protect and preserve this beautiful environment.

There is a good rest stop on the way up where you will see people gathered, admiring the first real chance to see Everest in the distance. On the way up today you will be rewarded with views of Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache Peak before eventually arriving at Namche after about 5 hours.

Day 5

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Namche Bazaar:

  • Free day at leisure

Accommodation: Local Village Tea House

Meals: B,L,D

The main goal today, is to allow your body to acclimatize. It is important to drink lots of water and take some gentle exercise.

Namche is a growing town tucked into a neat little valley, there is lots going on in the center, with market days on Friday and Saturday. There are some interesting museums and shops. There is also internet and a sauna! You may venture further afield, take a visit to Khumjung where the Hillary School sits and Khunde close by.

On the way back to Namche you may also visit the Shyangboche airstrip, (3790m) the highest in the world. Nearby is the Everest View Hotel for stunning views.

Day 6

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Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867m):

  • Enjoy views of Ama Dablam and Everest
  • 2 hour climb to Tengboche
  • See the stone gate which marks the entrance to Tengboche

Accommodation: Local Village Tea House

Meals: B,L,D

There are various trails leading out of the village of Namche, your guide will show you the most appropriate, you are most likely to enjoy excellent views of Ama Dablam and Everest amongst others along the way though. From Sanasa trail descends to Phunki Thanga from where you have a 2 hour climb to Tengboche steeply at first but soon levels out. You will come to a stone gate which marks the entrance to Tengboche, the religious centre of the Khumbu region. Overall today will take approximately 5 hours.

Day 7

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Tengboche to Dingboche (4260m):

  • Begin your climb from Imja Khola River
  • Visit Pengboche, the highest year-round settlement in the valley

Accommodation: Local Village Tea House

Meals: B,L,D

Another 5 hour day today as you first descend through rhododendron forests to pastures below and Deboche. You begin to climb from the Imja Khola River with great views of Ama Dablam and Kantaga (6779m).

Your route is lined by Chortens to Pengboche, the highest year round settlement in the valley and the gompa here is the oldest in the Khumbu, home to what is believed to be the hand skull of a yeti. You soon find yourself above the tree line and will pass a few tea shops and yak herders before you reach Dingboche, a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls.

Day 8

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Dingboche:

  • Rest day!

Accommodation: Local Village Tea House

Meals: B,L,D

Today, enjoy outstanding mountain views, particularly the north face of Ama Dablam and Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. There are several walking options to assist your body in acclimatizing. Remember to drink plenty of water!

Day 9

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Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m):

  • Enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains on your 5 hour trek

Accommodation: Local Village Tea House

Meals: B,L,D

A little more than five hours today and you will travel through Periche, Dugla and enjoy fantastic views. Lobuche is well protected from the elements.

Day 10

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Lobuche to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep (5160m):

  • Ascend through beautiful pasture lands
  • See the Khumbu Glacier
  • Arrive at the Everest Base Camp

Accommodation: Local Village Tea House

Meals: B,L,D

Today, you begin gently ascending through lovely pasture lands; you will then follow the rocky moraine path with views of the Khumbu Glacier.

Gorakshep is on a flat field below Kala Pattar (5545m) and Mount Pumori (7145m), is the original Everest Base Camp. A good spot for lunch after 2 to 3 hours walk. Following lunch you may continue up to the present Base Camp

Day 11

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Gorakshep to Kala Pattar (5545m) and return to Pheriche (4243m):

  • Watch the sunrise from the top of Kala Patta
  • Return to Pericher

Accommodation: Local Village Tea House

Meals: B,L,D

Today, watch the spectacular sunrise from the top of Kala Patta. It is a hard climb of one or two hours but you can see the West face of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and more.

Returning to Pericher, the windy town, there is a Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post should anybody need assistance staffed by International volunteer doctors.

Day 12

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Periche to Tengboche (3867m):

  • Visit the Nagkartshang Gompa
  • Descend to Tengboche

Accommodation: Local Village Tea House

Meals: B,L,D

This morning you may be interested to visit the Nagkartshang gompa before descending to Tengboche a journey of around 4 hours.

Day 13

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Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m):

  • 4-5 hour climb down to Namche

Accommodation: Local Village Tea House

Meals: B,L,D

Today you will be mostly travelling downhill. It will take you 4 to 5 hours. There is a steep climb for about an hour before you encounter the scenic walk back into Namche.

Day 14

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Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886m):

  • 4 hour descend to Phakding
  • Participate in a farewell ceremony
  • Sample Chang, a Tibetan alcoholic beverage
  • Try Sherpa dancing

Accommodation: Local Village Tea House

Meals: B,L,D

A four hour walk today descending steeply for the first half then on to Phakding, where you will spend the night. This is your final day trekking; it will take you around 3 hours more to Lukla from Phakding. This evening you will have a farewell ceremony with your guides and porters where you will be able to sample some Chang and try some Sherpa dancing.

Day 15

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Transfer: Fly to Kathmandu

Kathmandu: 

  • Leisure time

Accommodation: Hotel Yak and Yeti

Meals: B

You will be on an early flight back this morning, on arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and taken to your hotel. The rest of your day is at your leisure.

Day 16

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Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal

Meals: B

Accommodation

Hotel Yak and Yeti 

A 5-star luxury hotel in the heart of Kathmandu, Yak and Yeti combines history and modern day culture. In fact, this hotel is actually a renovated 100-year-old palace. Find refuge among antique fountains, gilded temples and emerald gardens as you remain just moments away from all the shops and adventure of the Kathmandu city.

Local Village Tea House 

Tea houses will differ from place to place, however the basic tea house will offer both a place to sleep as well as home cooked meals. Many of them even feature flush toilets, hot water showers and a selection of alcoholic beverages. They are similar to a bed and breakfast but with much more of a home-style comfort feeling. Most have a restaurant area where you can socialize with other trekkers and enjoy a little warmth from the stove while you eat or enjoy a beer in the evening before sleeping.

Epic Everest Trek (16 days)