All trekkers have heard of Mount Everest and the epic struggle that thousands have endured in order to stand in the Everest base camp. So it must be one of the most important destinations for not just the region but the whole Himalayas. The unique mixture of majestic mountains, high mountain villages, isolated monasteries and innate hospitality of the ever smiling faces of the Sherpa are just some of the major attractions of the Everest region. The region itself holds the highest mountain in the world but also many other 8000+ metre peaks such as Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. Due to the availability of such high mountains in the area, Everest region has gained its popularity as a rewarding trekking region in the world.
Steeped in history the trek itself is classed as a classic because it follows in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary & Tensing Sherpa and ends with an ascent of Kala Patthar. From where, first hand observation of the summit of Mount Everest and many other peaks can be seen. But our trek starts with an adventure – scenic 35 minutes mountain flight into the airstrip at Lukla where on arrival you can take breakfast before setting off on the first leg of the trek. Our trail follows the Khumbu Glacier with huge ice pinnacles soaring to unbelievable height before reaching the Everest Base camp with several acclimatisation days (one of these being in Namche Bazaar). And if you’re lucky and the weather is clear you will have your first glimpse of Everest, Lhotse-Nuptse, and other peaks of the area.
On arriving at the Kathmandu international airport you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will welcome you and assist in your transfer to a hotel. They will be available for any questions along the way and will make sure you have the chance to refresh before briefing you on the upcoming trek.
The day begins with an early morning wakeup call as you need to catch the first flight to Lukla (2886m). Where on arrival you will have the chance for breakfast at one of the local hotels before setting off on your trek to Phakding (2640 m) village just
Breakfast will be taken on your first real day of the trek in the guesthouse you have stayed in and then you begin the trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m). The trail goes along the right bank of Dudh Koshi with Thamserku is standing majestically skyward on the opposite bank till you reach Bengar. Where it then starts to climb from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa before continuing along the trail with many ups and downs before crossing a stream and passing the tiny village of Monjo.Where you come to the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park Service where a park entrance fee is to be paid
which your guide will take care of. From here it’s a short walk along the river bed of this V-shaped valley where the Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi (rivers) meet each other. Here it’s time to cross the Hillary suspension bridge and begin the steep ascent to Namche Bazar. Along this particular stretch there is the chance to have excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m) before reaching Namche Bazar (3440m) a central hub of the area for food, trekking gears and other necessary goods.
Today it’s advisable to take an acclimatisation day and this is the best place because there are a number of things you can do. A trip to the Khhumjung monastery, visit the small settlement of Sherpa community and enjoy the splendid view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde and so on from here. Here it’s an ideal time to prepare for the coming days on the trek.
After a relaxing breakfast it’s time to head for the Tyangboche (3867 m) Monastery. With a trail that goes ahead on a relatively flat gradient with panoramic view of the Himalayas such as Ama Dablam (6812m), Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse (7855m) and Tawoche (6501m) to be had. Along the way you can visit Trashinga, Phunki Tenga before finally reaching Tyangboche which will offer a great view of sun rise and sun set at Everest and Ama Dablam.
Leaving Tyangboche at the backdrop its time to descend through a through a rhododendron forest on the trail to Dingboche (4260m) village. Along the way you cross a suspension bridge at Imja Khola & head towards Minlinggo and the inter Imjatse Valley which lies beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse before arriving at Dingboche.
Here it’s time to acclimatise for a day in order to give your body time to adjust to the lack of oxygen in the air. It’s a perfect time to familiarise you with the local culture because after breakfast there is plenty of time to go around the village and even take a hike up to Chhukung which provides you with a majestic view of Island peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Tawoche peak and others. Then in the late afternoon it’s time to come back to Dingboche and take rest and chat with trekkers from other countries.
The early morning will bring you out on the trail to hit the gentle ascent towards Pheriche village. Along the way if you’re lucky there will be chance to see panoramic views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam, and Pokalde (5741m), and Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. The plan is to lunch at Dugla (4595m) before continuing your trek to Lobuche village.
Nearing the final destination you will rise early to hit the trail after breakfast of course. And it’s the most rewarding section of the trek as the trail winds up through rocky path and the Khumbu glacier. Along the trail you will pass Gorakshep (5140m) before continuing your hike to the Everest base Camp. Note the views of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbutse appear less than a kilometre in the distance before visiting the Everest Base Camp and then back to Gorakshep to spend the night.
The reason for spending the night at Gorakshep becomes clear as the plan is to rise early in the morning to trek up the Kala Patthar (5545m) in order to catch the sunrise over the Himalayas. From her you will see Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more. Then it’s time to start the trek down the trail towards Pheriche (4243m) and you first night heading back down. Here there is a Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post with foreign volunteer doctors are there to provide medical treatment.
Heading back down the trail towards Tyangboche where if you didn’t get chance to visit its time to do so. Along the way you can enjoy the leisurely walk through rhododendron forests via a research centre before reaching your night’s stay at Tyangboche famous for the oldest monastery in Nepal. Here there are fantastic views of Ama Dablam, green hills and pristine rivers where you will be walking the next day.
The day begins with following the trail you came up towards Namche Bazaar via several Sherpa villages. As it’s a little easier walking down you can visit these traditional villages which are called Khhumjung and Khunde. On the way you can also visit another monastery that has become famous for having a Yeti Scalp before reaching Namche Bazaar in the late afternoon
Breakfast at Namche Bazaar before setting off down the trail towards Lukla, it’s the last day of the trek so its an easy walk with a stop for lunch on the way before arriving in Lukla where you can rest and take a rest.
Up early the next day to catch the early morning flight to KTM where on arrival you will be met by a member of the team who will help you transfer to the hotel. This should all be done by late morning so you will have time to rest before heading out for a shopping trip in the afternoon for souvenirs.
Its nearly the end of the journey.
Sunrise over the summits.
several hours walk along the trail. This consists of a gentle climb along a stone path trail the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Along the way you can get your first up close look at the first peak of Nupla (5885m) which can be seen in a stone throw distance on the opposite bank before aiming to reach Phakding in the late afternoon.
The summit is ahead
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