- detailED itinerary
With Optional Climbs of Lobuche East (6119m) or Island Peak (6189m)
- DETAIL ITINERARY
- TREK MAP
- WITH LOBUCHE
- WITH ISLAND PEAK
Days 1-3 Your exciting journey begins as you depart your home country/city. Depending on your travel arrangements, you may spend the night at a layover destination such as Bangkok Thailand (See Travel Information) or you may travel directly through to Kathmandu. Once you arrive at the Kathmandu Airport, you are greeted by a member of our team and taken to the famous Yak and Yeti Hotel, a wonderful 5 Star Hotel in the heart of Kathmandu. Everyone is treated to a welcome dinner at one of Kathmandu's finest restaurants. This gives us all a chance to get to know one another and discuss the adventure ahead.
Days 4-5 After some rest, you are ready to explore Kathmandu. The group assembles after breakfast, we discuss the day's itinerary, local customs and the sites we will visit. The day takes us to some wonderfully exotic sites such as the 2000 year old stupa of Swayambhunath (also known as the Monkey Temple). We'll also visit the Bodhnath stupa with it's 130 ft dome making it the largest stupa in Nepal and the Pashupatinath temple. The excitement builds as we return to the hotel. We conduct our gear check in preparation for our flight from Kathmandu to the remote mountain village of Lukla (2840m). From Lukla, we begin our trek through the Khumbu Region of the Himalayas. Our first night is spent in the small village of Phakding (2610m) which sits along the beautifully flowing Dudh Koshi River.
Days 6-7 We continue our journey following the Dudh Koshi River up the valley arriving at the bustling village of Namche Bazaar (3440m). Here we enjoy a rest day to allow our bodies to continue to acclimatize to the higher altitudes. Namche is often referred to as the gateway to the Himalayas as trails branch off in various directions to other distant villages. It is also the location for the Sagarmatha National Park headquarters. In Namche, we enjoy visiting the local shops for beautiful handmade items and local bake goods. For those looking to send a message to friends or loved ones from a very remote location, there is even internet access and a post office available in Namche. We will also visit the Sherpa Cultural Center and Museum to learn about the traditional Nepali home to gain a deeper appreciation for their way of life. Namche and nearby Kunde are locations for a Sir Edmond Hillary hospital and school. In Namche you'll also get a chance to review a well kept record of Mt Everest climbing history. There is a great historical photographic display as well as a log book you can sign to mark your trip.
Days 8-9 After exploring Namche, we continue our trek west through the village of Thamo on our way to Thame (3820m). It's a beautiful hike through juniper and pine woods overlooking the Bhote Koshi river. We pass by three large colorful Buddhas painted high on a rock wall. Just past the Buddhas, we cross over a suspension bridge which provides some great views of water erosion carved into the rock gorge below by the seasonal changes in the river. Thame was home to Tenzing Norgay who together with Ed Hillary were the first to successfully climb Mount Everest in 1953. Thame is nestled between beautifully picturesque peaks rising on all sides. It's here we spend a night and make a short climb to the Thame Gompa which is situated high on a hill overlooking Thame. We enjoy some spectacular views before moving on. We depart Thame traveling east to the village of Khumjung (3753m) which allows us to rest before making our way to the upper Dudh Koshi River valley.
Days 10 From from Khumjung we travel through the woods down to the Dudh Koshi River crossing it and then beginning our climb up to the village of Tengboche. We enjoy a visit to the Tengboche Monastery before continuing our journey down to the small village of Dewoche for the night.
Days 11-12 In the morning we leave Dewoche heading north up the valley continuing to gain altitude as we reach the village of Dingboche(4350m). As we reach the higher portions of the trail, we leave the trees behind and the landscape becomes more barren with picturesque mountains on all sides. At Dingboche we will enjoy two nights to allow us time to acclimatize to the higher altitudes before moving further up the valley toward Mt. Everest. On our second day we enjoy a short hike to the north side of Ama Dablam, arguably one of the most beautiful mountains as it rises to a very distinct summit at 6814m. During this time we will also see Mt. Island Peak (6189m) further to the east.
Days 13 During our journey from Dingboche to our next stop at Lobuche (4910m), we pass through an area that reminds us just how remote we are and the price some people have paid to climb the highest mountain on earth. Located on a ridge between these two stops, is an area where several stone monuments, each one in remembrance of a climber that lost their life during their quest to climb in the majestic and dangerous Himalayas. As we move up the valley we will be able to see wonderful views of Mt. Lobuche East (6119m) to the north. The excitement is building as we are now heading toward Mount Everest. We spend the night at Lobuche which is our last stop before Gorak Shep which will be our launch point for our hike on to Mt Everest Base Camp (5364m).
Days 14 We depart Lobuche early and pass through Gorak Shep (5140m) on our way to the top of Kala Patthar (5550m). Weather permitting, as we climb the hills leading up Kala Patthar, some truly breathtaking views of the Khumbu Ice Falls flowing off of Mt Everest and on down the valley we just hiked up, will unfold before us. After some hopefully wonderful picture-taking, we descend to spend the night at Gorak Shep. Conversations quickly turn to the events of the next day which is the final step to Mt. Everest Base Camp (5364m).
Days 15 The day has finally come! In the morning we leave Gorak Shep for Everest Base Camp (5364m). Upon arrival at Mt. Everest Base Camp, you'll be able to get close-up photos of the Khumbu Ice Falls where the climbers begin their ascent of Mt Everest from the Nepal (South) side. The summit is actually situated on the Nepal / Tibet border and climbers also attempt the mountain from the Tibetan (North) side. You'll also get a sense of what camp-life is like for the climbers that dedicate themselves to the multi-month quest to climb the highest mountain in the world. After our visit at camp, we point our compasses back down the valley and spend the night again at Gorak Shep.
Days 16-17 After our experiences of the past couple days we are ready to make our way back down the valley. Near the village of Dugla we say farewell to our friends that have decided climb either Mt Lobuche East or Island Peak. As the group continues south, we pass through the village of Pheriche. Here we will have the opportunity to visit the Himalayan Mountain Rescue medical research center as well as see the monument erected in tribute to the people that have lost there lives on Mt. Everest. We travel back down the valley spending the night at Pangboche and Namche.
Days 18-19 From Namche Bazaar we make easy work of the trail back to Lukla. We spend our last night of the trek in Lukla where we awake to have breakfast and catch our flight back to Kathmandu to the wonderful comforts of the Yak and Yeti Hotel. Assuming an early arrival back in Kathmandu, there may be time for shopping in the afternoon. We gather one last time in the evening as a group to celebrate our amazing adventure with a delicious farewell dinner.
Days 20-21 Depending upon your travel arrangements, you may have time to enjoy some 'free time' in Kathmandu before your flight where you could wander the shops for gifts and truly unique items to remember your trip. When the time comes, you will be taken to the airport for your safe journey home with feelings that will truly be difficult to describe to anyone about what you have just done!