Day 01: Arrival day.
You will be welcomed at airport by Chris & Nic and transferred to our hotel. A little time to relax and then after dinner, Chris will brief the group about what to expect on the expedition.
Day 02: Kathmandu
We start today with a special breakfast and then depart for a full day sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. We will take in the sights of the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO world heritage site) and the biggest Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath. We will also pay a visit to Kathmandu Durbar square and the Monkey Temple at Syambhunath which is 2000 years old (almost as old as Chris!). We then spend the night in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu - Lukla (2880m) - Phakding (2740m). (5 hour trek) mix of ascent and descent but mostly an easy walk
We will take an early morning flight by Twin Otter aircraft to the world renowned Lukla airport. If you've never seen this airport, you're in for a treat. On the flight we watch the rugged foothills give way to the snowline of the Himalaya. Many of the world’s highest mountains, including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (the world’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest respectively) may be visible from the window of the plane. Once we are in Lukla, surprisingly, this high-altitude trek begins by descending to the river at Phakding where we will stay overnight.
Please note that the flight to Lukla may be from Ramechap or from Kathmandu. In case the regular flight is not operating due to bad weather, we may have the option to take a Helicoptor which will be an additional cost (the only one, we promise!)
Day 04: Phakding - Namche (3445m). (5-6 hour trek). Moderate walk but after lunch, we head uphill.
The first day may have been surprisingly long for some, but by staying at Phakding this allows us to begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar first thing in the morning. At about half-way up the hill, a gap in the trees allow us to spy Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear the top of the South-West Face will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. A plume can often be seen stretching away from the very summit.
Namche is the largest and most prosperous town in the Khumbu. A bazaar is held here every Saturday. The wares on display include meat, grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots. The Sherpas play host to trader from the foothills, as well as Tibetans from over the border. Thamserku (6648m), Kwangde Ri (6187m) and Khumbila (5707m) surround the natural bowl that Namche sits in.
Day 05: Namche - Rest/acclimatization day.
We take the day off to allow our bodies to acclimatize. The secret of safe acclimatization is to ‘climb high, sleep low’ so we'll be encouraging you to hike up the hill behind Namche to the airstrip at Syangboche, or stroll across to the museum behind the police post. You may prefer to ‘chill out’ and visit one of the lodges for a freshly-baked cinnamon roll. Namche is a busy and bustling trading place and there is always plenty going on.
Day 06: Tyangboche/Diboche (3,800m): (5 hour trek). Uphill, with a little downhill.
From Namche we continue our trek to Phunki and Tyangboche monastery for one of the most magnificent views in the world; an awe inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants: Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kategna and Thamserku.
Day 07: Dingboche (4,300m). (7-8 hour trek). Uphill
Today we trek across the Imja Khola and continue through terraced fields and rolling pastures where yaks graze to Pangboche (3,860m).
Day 08: Dingboche (4,300m): Rest/acclimatization day
Another day to relax around the tea house, not! We encourage you to attempt one of two hikes. The shorter option ascends the hill immediately behind Dingboche, to drop steeply down to Periche. The Himalayan Rescue Association operates a medical post here and the western doctors conduct excellent seminars on Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) here on most afternoons. The longer option is to trek up the Imja Tse valley towards Island Peak. The views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam / Cho oyu from here are outstanding. After a few hours we reach Chukung A short rest and we then return down to the valley. The choice of trek will be decided by the group.
Day 09 : Lobuche (4,900m): (6-7 hour trek). Uphill, again.
The trail climbs through a grass carpeted valley to Khumbu Glacier and reaches Dughla - Lobuche.
Day 10 : Lobuje - Kala Pattar (5545m) - Gorakshep. (7 hour trek). Uphill, nearly there.
A long day and an early start. We trek along the rough path along the side of the Khumbu glacier to the tea shacks at Gorak Shep. Behind rises the attractive 7000m peak of Pumori which dwarfs our trek’s summit of Kala Pattar. The route up is straight forward and takes most people between 90 minutes and 2 hours. All the peaks - Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and scores of other lesser peaks can be seen from this wonderful vantage point.
Day 11: Gorak Shep - Everest Base camp 5,364 mtrs – Pheriche (6-7 hour). Uphill in the morning and a long way back down hill.
This is the day! You will re-pack your pack this morning before breakfast and leave your main kit at the guest house. We are then ready for the fairly easy trek from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp. Although we don't encourage leaving items on a mountain, we are aware that you may have a special reason for being here with us and as such, may want to leave a token of some description. Prayer flags are popular or a photo of a loved one….anything that has meaning to you, as long as it’s eco-friendly!!! We're all about the eco friendly, be warned! Everest Base Camp has been cleaned up recently by some expeditions, specifically tasked for that purpose. We will in no way add any of our own litter and will be picking up any we see. The icefall and glacier are now in pristine condition. The elevation here is 5,495 meters, 17,598 feet. We will enjoy lunch at Base Camp and you have time to take lots of photos to commemorate your triumph before hiking back out to Gorak Shep. Try not to leave Chris behind who will be busy taking photo's for your souvenir photobook. Him and his bloody camera!! We will stop to pick up our main kit bags that were left at the guesthouse and begin the trek back out to Lobuche and down to Phireche, where we will overnight.
Day 12 : Phireche to Khumjum (7 hour trek). Downhill and a little uphill
It's all downhill to Khumjum (and a little uphill)
Day 13 : Khumjum– Namche-Manjo (3445m). (6-7 hour trek). Downhill and after lunch, uphill (really??)
The route continues down and then again up a bit to Namche. After lunch we head down to manjoo. We may have the option to get a nice final view of Everest before we leave.
Day 14: Manjoo - Lukla (2880m). (5 hour trek)
With a heavy heart, we head to Lukla. There is something very special about this setting. The villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys will leave memories that last a lifetime. These will help us up the deceptively long, final climb into Lukla. Our teahouse is well situated and offers a good place to rest.
Day 15: Lukla - Kathmandu.
Another chance to enjoy this great flight and probably the most memorable part of your adventure. When we arrive back in Kathmandu, we will transfer back to our hotel and get ready for our evening celebratory dinner.
Day 16: Kathmandu
A day to relax and enjoy in Kathmandu. Staying this extra day also mitigates in case our flight from Lukla is delayed due to bad weather, meaning you won't miss your international flight.
Day 17: Return home
We transfer to the airport, kiss and hug, wave our goodbyes, and set off back home!
UK guides Chris & Nic
3 star accommodation in Kathmandu, twin sharing rooms
Lodge accommodation on the mountains
Full board meals
Professional guide team
National park fees
Airport and internal transfers (See terms)
Cultural show and celebration dinner
Down jacket and sleeping bag for trek if necessary
Tips for the incountry team
Whats not included
International flight to and from Kathmandu
Drinks apart from water (Alcohol etc)
Personal, medical and evacuation insurance (6000m travel insurance required)