Arrival at Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by your Adventure Hub Nepal representative at Kathmandu airport, the capital and cultural hub of Nepal! We’ll be waiting with a warm greeting and then it is an easy transfer to your hotel. Plan on an evening briefing on last-minute specifics about your trek and an early lights-out: you have a big day ahead Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft
Not: Included Lunch and Dinner
: Explore Kathmandu and do sightseeing with professional tour guide
Enjoy the day sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley and immerse yourself in the Nepalese culture. Visit Bodhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath, Patan Durbar Square and the Patan Museum. Between 4-6pm we will have a pre-departure meeting for the trip at your hotel. Get any last minute personalized items or gear for the trip. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Not Included: Lunch and Dinner
Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding.
This will be a very early morning as we need to get to the airport in Kathmandu for our flight to Lukla. It is approximately a thirty-five-minute flight and then we walk to Phakding. Altitude: 2,800m/9184ft (Lukla) & 2,652m/8,698ft (Phakding) Walking Distance: 8km (3-4 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.
After a short morning flight to Lukla, you’ll be introduced to your guide and porter. Kick off your trek with an easy walk through Chaurikharka village and descend towards Dudh Koshi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the banks of the Dudh Kosi River until Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), where we will be staying for the night to acclimatize. Enjoy your free time in Phakding, a popular stopping point.
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar.
Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft Walking Distance: 10-12km (5-6 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.
From Phakding to Namche Bazaar. We’ll have breakfast in Phakding before gearing up for the trek to Namche Bazaar, the biggest sherpa village in Nepal. Our trail takes us first over the Dudh Kosi River via a long suspension bridge, and then through a beautiful pine forest to Monjo, about two hours away. Soon thereafter, we will approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park for a brief permit check and then descend to the Dudh Kosi River (spotting Mani stones along the way!) en route to Jorsale. Lunch will be served here, and then it’s uphill to Namche.
Our path along the riverbank is flanked by two crossings, one of which is the Hillary Suspension Bridge. It’s a tough climb up the hill to our resting place, but you’ll be rewarded in Namche Bazaar with your first glimpse of Mount Everest in its majesty.
Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar ( Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft)
This will be an acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar at this point, we take a well-deserved break! Today will be spent resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the lofty altitude. There’s an optional 2-hour hike to Everest View Point, an uphill walk that will help speed acclimatization. Otherwise, spend the day exploring Namche Bazaar.
Check out the Sherpa museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open for trading and an intimate look at the locals’ marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment.
Namche Bazar to Tengboche [(Altitude: 3,870m/12,684ft Walking Distance: 10km (6 hours)]
Namche Bazaar to Tengboche. After breakfast in Namche Bazaar we will be fuelled for another day of trekking towards Everest Base Camp! Breathtaking views of the Himalayas - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde mountains - are some of the highlights not to be missed. A short drop takes us to the riverside, then it’s across the river upwards through the forest pass. Brace your legs for a continual uphill trek at this point, alternating between a gradual grade and some seriously steep ground! Our destination, Tengboche, is known as one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region. Its views, which include Ama Dablam, are legendary. We’ll stop in on the Tengboche monastery, which is one of the largest in Khumbu. Nourish your spirit with a guided tour of the monastery grounds, followed by chanting and prayer with the resident Buddhist monks.
Tengboche to Dingboche [Altitude: 4,400m/14,435ft Walking Distance: 11km (6 hours)]
From Tengboche to Dingboche our trek today kicks off with a walk through beautiful rhododendron forest to Deboche followed by crossing a bridge over the raging Imja Khol River. We will pass the valley wall and then traverse the plains to Pangboche village, the biggest settlement of Sherpas in the region. Enjoy a great opportunity to observe a typical Sherpa village and have lunch with the locals! The intrepid can brave a brief hike to the Pangboche monastery, one of the oldest in the area. Our afternoon trek will be a difficult one, as the landscape gives way to dry, deserted mountains and we hike towards Dingboche.
Acclimatization day at Dingboche (Altitude: 4,400m/14,435ft )
This is where we will stay local and have another acclimatization day in Dingboche, this is your chance to rest up before the last leg of our adventure! Savour a full day of exploring Dingboche and the surrounding valleys of Chhukung and Imja, the latter of which links with Island Peak, the high passes of Amphu Laptsa, and Makalu Barun National Park. Taking an optional trek to the valley will pay off in rewarding views, but taking it easy is the most important thing today. You’ll need your rest for the penultimate day of ascent tomorrow.
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche [Altitude: 4,900m/16,076ft Walking Distance: 11-12 km (6-7 hours)]
From Dingboche to Lobuche, the trek will move more gradually and will be more challenging, due to the higher altitude. We’ll pass Dungla, but not before a tough, steep walk to the top of a high hill. Here are the memorial stupas dedicated to the climbers and trekkers who lost their lives to Everest over the years. The next part of our adventure brings us over craggy mountain terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement with amazing views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumari and the Nuptse. Prepare to snuggle up for a cold night, as we are now almost three miles above sea level and the evenings can be downright chilly!
Lobuche to Gorakshep and Everest base camp [Altitude: 5180m/16,994ft (Gorekshep) & 5364m/17598 (EBC) Distance of walking: 15km (6-8 hours)]
This is the day you have been waiting for, from Lobuche to Gorakshep and Everest base camp, (EBC), EBC to Gorakshep. Your big day starts off with an initial, relatively easy trek from Lobuche to Gorekshep. The subsequent, straight trail to Everest Base Camp is harder, involving rocky dunes and moraine, formed from an accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris. On the way to our destination, we’ll approach the famed Khumbu Glacier and icefall, located on the slopes of Everest. At the Base Camp, our goal, you’ll have the chance (during the spring climbing season) to meet climbers attempting to scale the mountain’s summit. Break out your cameras for unbelievable views of breathtaking beauty. As the afternoon sun starts to wane, we’ll head back to Gorekshep for some much-needed rest and relaxation after a challenging and rewarding day.
Gorekshep to Kalapathar and Pheriche [Altitude: 5,545m/18,192ft (Kalapathar) & 4,320m/14,173ft (Pheriche) Walking distance: 12-13km (5-6 hours)]
This will be an early morning start as well. Gorekshep to Kalapathar and Pheriche. The group will wake before dawn today to trek towards Kalapathar (which means “black rock”) for a fiery, glorious sunrise over Mt. Everest. The day’s first light will illuminate your spectacular view of Nuptse Nup, Changtse, and Lhotse. This may be, of the whole journey, your most opportune moment to snap amazing pictures of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Afterwards, it’s back to Gorekshep for breakfast and then head down in the direction of Pheriche, our nighttime stop. Our pace will be a lot brisker as we descend, and the walking is easier going this way.
Trek from Pheriche to Namche [Altitude: 3,440m/11,284ft Distance of walking: 13-15km (7-8 hours)]
Trek from Pheriche to Namche, the walk from Pheriche back to Tengboche is mainly downhill, although it does, counterintuitively, require an hour scaling a hill. We’ll be in Namche by late afternoon and will enjoy our warm cosy bed before our last day on the mountain.
Trek to from Namche to Phakding and Lukla [Altitude: 2,800m/9,184ft Walking Distance: 16km (6-7 hours)]
Altitude: 2,800m/9,184ft Walking Distance: 16km (6-7 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.
After breakfast, we will start our trek to from Namche to Phakding and Lukla. We trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages. Our arrival in Lukla brings an evening in our last tea house and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew, you made it! Thanks to great teamwork and perseverance, you’ve accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet.
Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla [Altitude: 1350m/4428ft Flight time: 35 min]
Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla in the morning. You will take a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where your journey both began and now ends. Transfer to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We’ll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants in town, where we’ll be eager to hear your feedback on the trip.
Free day at Kathmandu. [Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft(Kathmandu)]
Today it will be a very lazy morning with a nice sleep in. Enjoy some last-minute shopping. Stay overnight in Kathmandu. Today can be a back up day if the Lukla- Kathmandu flight gets delayed due to weather.
Fly back to home [Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft(Kathmandu)]
Fly home day and it’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. Now, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.