Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! One of our team members will pick you at the Tribhuvan International Airport with a garland and take you to your hotel in Kathmandu. After checking in at the hotel and getting refreshed, you will be welcomed at our office. There will be a brief discussion about your upcoming trekking adventure, as well as an introduction with the guide & porter.
Day 2: Sightseeing in UNESCO world heritage site of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayebhunath Stupa
Today you'll start off with some sightseeing through the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu City: also known as Kantipur. Durbar Square, with its array of temples and ancient palaces of the former Nepali Royals will give you an insight into the rich culture of Nepal. You can even glimpse a living Goddess! Then, in the afternoon we'll drive to the holy place of Buddhism, Swayambhunath, which is a 2000-year-old temple sitting atop a hill overlooking the city. The main stupa is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire crowned by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four-sided base of the spire are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. The hill of Swayambhu is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. You’ll get a scenic view of Kathmandu city from here.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2,800m) & trek to Phakding (2,650m), 3-4 hrs walk
In the early morning, we fly to Lukla Airport from Kathmandu. After a short 30-minute scenic flight, we'll arrive in Lukla. After having breakfast in the mountains, we'll start our trekking to Phakding village where we stop for lunch. We spend the rest of the day exploring the village and spend the night at a hotel here.
Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), 5-6 hrs
After an early breakfast, we will continue our trek following the Dudhkoshi River. We cross the river twice to reach Monjo village by small suspension bridge which is also the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park. After a downhill walk for about 20 minutes we reach to Jorsalle village, the last village before Namche Bazaar. After Jorsalle village, we follow the Dudhkoshi river with gradual walk for half an hour and again crossing the suspension bridge, we walk all the way up to Namche Bazaar for 2-3 hours, which is well known as the capital of Khumbu region.
Day 5: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Today is our rest day for acclimatization. After breakfast, we make short excursion around Namche Bazaar, visiting Sagarmatha National Park Head Quarters and Everest View Hotel for the panoramic view of many glorious white peaks.
Day 6: Namche to Tyangboche (3,867m) 5-6 hrs walk
After breakfast, we start our trek to Tyangboche. Today we have such a pleasant walk as we have great views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peaks. After crossing Dudhkoshi River, it will be a challenging walk to Tyangboche for slightly more than an hour as the trails leads steeply up hill. After the uphill, you will be right at the Tyangboche village where you'll see beautiful Mount Amadablam and many big Buddhist monasteries.
Day 7: Tyangboche to Dingboche (4,358m), 5-6 hrs walk
After breakfast, we start our trek down to Diboche village through the rhododendron forests. Crossing the bridge, we'll arrive one of the beautiful village in Pangboche. The trail continues to Dingboche as Mount Amadablam gets closer and closer. After five hours pleasant walk, we finally arrive in Dingboche which is also the gateway to Chukung Village and Islang peaks.
Day 8: Acclimatization day at Dingboche
Today is another rest day for the acclimatization. You may have full day's rest or have an excursion around to village, or even consider a day walk to Chhukung Village - it's up to you. The views from here are awesome, as mountains like Thamserku, Khangtega, Taboche, Cholache as well as Mount Amadablam shine in front of our eyes!
Day 9: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,928m), 4-5 hrs walk
After breakfast, we start our walk. The trail goes uphill gradually to Thukla. Pleasant uphill walking brings you to the memorial park of a climber sadly killed whilst trying to summit Everest, and finally you'll to your guesthouse in the Lobuche village.
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m) & hike to Everest Base Camp (5,320m) 7-8hrs walk
After having breakfast early in the morning, we'll continue our trek to Gorekshep Village. After a wonderful walk of about three hours along a windy and rocky path, we'll arrive in Gorakshep. After checking in at the lodge & having a lovely lunch (dhal baht, curry, pasta, noodles, your choice!), we continue our adventure towards Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall. (During the spring season, all of the serious mountain climbers gather in Everest Base Camp with colourful tents.) After exploring base camp and its surrounding glacier, we return back to Gorekshep. As the sun sets over a wonderful view of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse and other magnificent peaks, we complete our adventure for today.
Day 11: Early in the morning, hike to Kala Pathar (5,550m) & trek back to Pheriche 6-7 hrs walk
Early in the morning, we start our hike up to Kala Pathar for the most wonderful sunrise views of the Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. After climbing for a couple of hours, we arrive at the famous view point, at the top of Kala Pathar. Now, we'll have the best view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Pumori and Ama Dablam, along with the entire mountain views of Khumbu Himalayan range. After stopping here awhile to take photographs and soak up the amazing scenery, we hike down to Gorekshep. After our evening meal, we'll have easy walk down to Pheriche for our overnight stay.
Day 12: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar(3440m), 5-6 hrs walk
After breakfast, we start our trek. Going down is easier and faster. With great memories of those spectacular views, we trek through Pangboche, Tyangboche, Kyangzuma and to Namche Bazaar for our overnight stay.
Day 13: Namche to Lukla(2800m), 7-8 hrs walk
After breakfast, we start our trek. Today is also an easier day with 4-hours pleasant walking bringing us to Phakding village. Today is our final day of walking and we descend along an undulating trail all the way to Lukla for the overnight stay. In the evening, you can celebrate your last dinner with your trekking buddies with fond memories of those snowy peaks.
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Today it's an early morning flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. After completing the adventure, you can relax and rest at your hotel or go out for a few drinks in bustling Kathmandu City. In the evening, we'll have a special farewell dinner together.
Day 15: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Patan and Baudhanath)
Today involves a sightseeing tour through the UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. First of all, we visit the Hindu Temple Pashupatinath, which is one of the oldest Hindu Temples in Nepal, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple was built in Pagoda Style wit a gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. You’ll also be able to see cremation grounds that lie on the bank of Bagmati behind the temple.
Then, we drive to the holiest place of the Buddhist religion, Boudhanath Stupa - one of the oldest and biggest Buddhist monuments ever built; Boudhanath stands at a height of 37 meters with three massive level Mandala style platforms. It is surrounded by colourful buildings housing families who have opened cafés and restaurants creating a friendly enclosure. The Stupa is visited every year by tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world.
Then, in the afternoon we'll visit Patan City; Located about 5km south of Kathmandu, Patan is one of three royal cities in the valley. A destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples and over 1200 monuments.
Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu.
This is your last day in Nepal! You can go shopping to buy some souvenirs for your family, friends or relatives (be sure to haggle!). In plenty of time for your flight, we will transfer you to the International Airport for your departure to your onward destination. Or if you're continuing your adventure in Nepal - we bid you farewell and good luck. Namaste!
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