Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/44,30ft]
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street
Day 02 - Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding [2,600m/8,531ft]
After an early morning b/fast, we take the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla on STOL aircraft. Flight time is about 35 minutes to the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. It is a memorable flight, with outstanding views of the eastern Himalaya (sit on the left side of the plane for the best views). At Lukla we are immediately overcome by the scale of the massive peaks that surround the village but this is only an indication of what is to come. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: 1,250m/4,100ft
Day 03 - Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]
From Phakding, we crisscross the river on high airy suspension bridges. Ahead of Monjo is the entry to the Sagarmatha National Park planned to look after and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then do a sharp hike to Namche. If it’s a lovely weather day, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main commercial hub in the Khumbu and has an active Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have come through the glaciated Nangpa La. This is an ideal mountain town to bunk out for the night and for some good acclimatization. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: 850m/2,788ft
Day 04 - Hike up to Everest view hotel, khumjung and trek to Kyanjuma [3,500m/11,483ft]
Today we take a morning walk to the Everest View Hotel where spectacular views of Everest and Ama Dablam may be seen. When this is done, we then head down to the well-known village of Khumjung where Sir Edmund Hillary built his “Schoolhouse in the Clouds” and the famed Khunde hospital is close by. There will generally be the opportunity for you to visit the hospital and school. We will also be able to visit the monastery at Khumjung where we may have the opportunity to see the “scalp of a yeti”. After this, we make a beeline downhill as we descend to Kyanjuma, a pretty village where we overnight before heading to Pangboche the next day. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: 50m/164ft
Day 05 - Trek to Pangboche [3,985m/13,075ft]
After enjoying a hot breakfast, we start out for Pangboche enjoying fabulous views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and an upfront view of Thamserku. Our trek follows a gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking brilliant views of the awesome Himalayas. Along the routes, we come across some wild fauna that include pheasants, musk deer, and sometimes a herd of Himalayan Thar. The stunning views of Ama Dablam are the primary attraction of today's walk. Overall elevation gain tonight from previous night: 485m/1,591ft
Day 06 - Trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp [4,420m/14,502ft] and trek back to Pangboche
Today we make our way up to a crest high in a sheltered valley. We may see climbing expeditions on our arrival in the base camp as Ama Dablam is one of the world’s most striking mountains. It means “Mother’s necklace”; the long ridges on each side like the arms of a mother (Ama) protecting her child, and the hanging glacier seems to be the dablam, the traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women. We have lunch in the Base camp and walk back to Pangboche along the main trail in the afternoon. There are much of ups and downs in this area, with another crossing of the Imja Khola on a steel suspension bridge.
Day 07 - Trek back to Namche [3,450m/11,319ft]
After breakfast, we say our byes to Pangboche and descend steeply through beautiful forests of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea we cross the Dudh Kosi, and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa and its then a gradual walk to Namche Bazaar.
Day 08 - Trek to Lukla [2,800m/9187ft]
Today is our last day of trekking. It’s only a gradual walk along the Dudhkhosi river after our steep descent from Namche. We’ll have lunch on our way and we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla. Rest of the day is free and you can relax under the warm sun & reflect on the emotional experiences we had while hiking through these massive mountains that have probably helped us re-discover ourselves in ways least expected. This is our final day on these fantastic mountains. Later we celebrate our successful completion of trek with our Sherpa guides and porters who we’ve got to know so well & are now good friends. It’s a pleasure to end this wonderful trip on a happy note. We then slumber into blissful sleep.
Day 09 - Fly back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
We get up early in the morning, enjoy our b/fast & get ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Katmandu. On our touchdown at the Kathmandu airport, we will be met by our office reps and transferred to your hotel. Rest of your day is free to do your own things.
Day 10 - In Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
This is entirely your own free day in Kathmandu to do as you please. You could do some last minute shopping and packing, or send a few post cards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia. You may also want to do some things that you may have planned for your last day in Kathmandu; and this may well be the time to do it. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.
Day 11 - International departure
Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.
- All meals (B,L,D) on OPEN/CHOICE Menu whilst on trek with tea & coffee.
- Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 4 nights with breakfast
- Accommodation at clean and cozy teahouses/lodges on trek
- All required permits for trek (TIMS Card and National Park fee)
- Internal flights (KTM-LUA-KTM)
- Experienced local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
- Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
- Sightseeing of Kathmandu including guide and entrance fees
- Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
- Comprehensive first aid kit.
- Duffel bag, Sleeping bag with liner and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
- Staff insurances and allowances
- Trek completion certificate (Upon request)
- International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
- Meals at Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
- Personal expenses
- Gratuities for staff