Day1: Kathmandu Arrival - 1300m
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu. On arrival meet, assists and transfer to the hotel by our representative. Welcome drinks on arrival and briefing of tour program by one of the representative from Aarya Village Travel.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing (B)
After breakfast start full day sightseeing in UNESCO heritage sites. Sightseeing at Bouddhanath- World biggest stupa, one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage where all devout Buddhists come for a pilgrimage, Kathmandu Durbar Square- the medieval Kings palace who ruled the then Kathmandu Kingdom.Visit Hanuman Dhoka Palace, temples, Kumari Ghar which is dedicated to living goddess Kumari, Syambhunath- A Monkey Temple from where you can see the magnificent views of Kathmandu Valley and tribute to Buddhism. Rest of the time is free on your own.
Day 3: Kathmandu - Lukla- Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3- 4 hours trek (B, L, D)
Fly to Lukla early in the morning from Kathmandu Tribhuvan Domestic Airport. It is 30 minutes flight. Lukla is located at the altitude of 2800m so there will be quite cold than in Kathmandu. After walking few minutes from Lukla airport,stop at restaurant for breakfast. Books, internet facility and trekking gear are available in Lukla.
After breakfast the journey starts from Lukla. Today we have to walk for 3- 4 hours to reach Phakding through Chaurikharka, Chiplong, Thadokovi and Ghat. We can see spectacular Himalayan view from Chiplong and Thadokovi. The religion of the people of this region is Buddhism so we can see many monasteries, Maane and script are written on the rock in Tibetan language. Today journey is not so difficult. Phakding (2650m) is at low altitude than Lukla so we feel quite warmer here rather than in Lukla. Phakding is a commercial place so we can see hotel and Bhattis over there.
Day 4: Phakding – Namche - (3,440m/11,280 ft): 6-7 hours walk (B, L, D)
Today the journey starts after breakfast. To reach Namche we have to walk through Tok-Tok, Mamju, Jorsalle. The journey from Phakding to Jorsalle is quite easy. There is Everest National Park at Manju so, we have to check in there as a first check point. Then after an hour walk along the bank of Dudkoshi River we reach at Jorsalle where we will have breakfast. There is no any shop available between Jorsalle to Namche. From Jorsalle after some minutes we have to cross Dudhkoshi River and bridge. After bridge there is steep up route we have to follow. If the weather is clear we can see Mount Everest from Thami danda. We can see many beautiful mountains, waterfalls, Mane on the way. Namche is situated at 3440m altitude so we feel cold out there. We can see different mountains from Namche. Namche is the biggest commercial area of Everest Region where we can find everything needed to Trekkers like internet facility, ATM. But sometimes due to technical reason ATM does not work. From every Friday to Saturday a special type of fair held here. Bakery café and Pub are also available in Namche.
Day 5: Acclimatization (B, L, D)
Today is the day for acclimatization, so you hik e as per your choice. If you want long hiking you can go to Thame and Thame where you can see Edmund Hillary Nursery and you can also see Monastery and various mountains in Thame. Today at least you have to walk 8-9 hours up and down. We have lunch en route while hiking. For acclimatization we can take a short hike of 5-6 hours for which we have to walk steep up from Namche to Syangboche then to Everest View Hotel to Khumjung where lunch can be taken. At Khumjung we can also see Monastery and the school made by Sir Edmund Hilary. During this trekking we will get chance to see many beautiful mountains. You can also visit Sherpa Museum located at Namche. After a day hiking return to Namche, have dinnerand overnight.
Day 6: Namche- Tangboche - (3,870m/12,694ft):5- 6 hours walk (B, L, D)
Today the journey begins after breakfast as usual. Today we have to reach Tengboche from Namche through Sarasa, Phunki Tanga. We can walk easily from Namche to Phunki Tanga because the route is straight down. You will have lunch at Punki Tanga. After Phunki Tanga, the journey is steep up till Tangboche. During the journey you can view beautiful mountains and the traces of Buddhism culture and people. Tangboche is located at 3800m height. Tangboche is a small place consisting of 5 hotels. Internet facility is available here. It is the best spot to view Ama Dab lam Mountain.
Day 7: Tangboche- Dingboche - (4,360 m/14,300ft):5 hours walk (B, L, D)
Today the trekking starts after breakfast as usual. Tengboche is famous for Sunrise view. Today’s journey is down straight and straight up so can be done easily. Then follow down from Tengboche to Dudhkoshi then by walking at the bank of the river you will reach at Dingboche. Dingboche is the highest altitude place of Nepal where plant vegetation and crops like potato are grown.
Day 8: Acclimatization (B, L, D)
Today is also for the acclimatization. You can hike according to your choice. For easy and short trek you can go to Ama Dablam Base Camp which takes 5 hours up and down. You can have packed lunch en route. For long trek (8-9 hours), you can go to Chhuking Ri by Chhukung. Chhukung is located at the height of 5100m. From here you can see the top most part of Mount Makalu, Imja glacier and lake. In the evening return to Tangboche, Dinner overnight.
Day 9: Dingboche - Duglha - (4,600 m/15,090 ft): 3 - 4 hrs(B, L, D)
We start the day with a climb to Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley. The walk along the arid terrace is rewarding with awesome views of mountains on all sides. As we come to a yak herder's place called Dusa, the valley begins to narrow and we continue through Phulung Karpo, the camp site of the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. Above Phulung Karpo is Chola Lake. As we move on, the majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. As the trail descends and curves, Mt. Pumori disappears from view and we come across a roaring stream. After crossing a small wooden bridge, we ascend to Duglha. We can see the tip of Mt Nuptse from here as well as Mt Cholatse, Mt Thamserku, and several other magnificent peaks. Spending a night in Duglha is ideal for acclimatization purposes. Overnight at Duglha.
Day 10: Duglha - Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 2 - 4 hrs (B, L, D)
Beyond Duglha, we climb up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountain views. At the top of the ridge, we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains elusive. Mt Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As we pass along a murmuring stream leaving the Khumbu Glacier behind, we now begin to feel a little out of breath due to high altitude.
Day 11: Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft) - Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) - Gorak Shep: 8 - 9 hrs
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world - Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here. By now we have met the ultimate objective of our trip.
Day 12: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar [5545 m/18,192 ft] - Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 ft]: 8 - 9 hrs (B, L, D)
Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Further, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After several hours of ascent, we will be Kala Patthar. From this juncture, we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar where our eyes rook taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can and take the in view with our mind's eye to last lifetime. On being back to Gorak Shep, take a lunch together and afternoon time is taken to descend down to Lobuche for a good night's rest.
Day 13: Lobuche - Dzongla [4830m/15,850 ft]: 3 - 4 hrs (B, L, D)
Trek today is very short compared to previous or next days walk. The path to Dzongla branches off from the main trail some distance from Lobuche. After crossing a stream we come through a fork and later curving round to the wide gravelly river bed of the stream. As it flows southwestward, the trail runs across it and climbs the ridge ahead. From the grassy ridge ahead, as the trail runs across to southeast from where we can see soaring heights of Ama Dablam and Kangtega-Thamserku while Taboche looms prominently ahead. Pheriche village is visible down in the distance. We will also have visibility of mound in Chukpi Lhara and its memorials and the lodges of Dugla. As the ridge veers northward, the vast Chola Lake spreads below Mt. Cholatse. The lake stays with us over a long stretch until we descend to a wide basin. The trail climbs up a spur and descends steeply to another broad basin. After an hour walk transverse from the basin and shortly after crossing a wobbly bridge, we reach Dzongla. We spend the night in one of the local lodges at Dzongla (only very basic lodges are available at Dzongla).
Day 14: Dzongla - ChoLa [5368m/17,611 ft] -Thangnak [4680m/15,350 ft] - Gokyo [4800m/15,580 ft]: 7 - 8 hrs (B, L, D)
Early morning as we get out of lodge, we will be greeted by the mesmerizing sight of Cholatse looming over. Today is going to be one of the toughest days of our trip. The walk begins as we transverse through a spur extending westward from Dzongla. The path descends to a basin across which meanders a murmuring stream crusted with ice at places. In about an hour, we reach the top of the basin readying for the triumph on ChoLa. As we gain height, the view back gets increasingly more captivating; the Chola Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam in its pyramidal incarnation presides over a range of mountains on the south as Cholatse soars on the west. Climbing the incline is not easy; it is steep, but made worse by boulders over some of which we will have to scramble. We need to be alert as rocks can be glazed by ice. The final climb to the ChoLa can be a little tricky as the trail curves round the bergschrund. Upon reaching the top, we see prayer flags, strung across cairns, flapping in the strong wind. Scenery of majestic peaks in all directions is breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down to Thangnak can be easily made out from the pass because it is just decent but can be hazardous if rocks are glazed by ice, a bit of cautiousness is needed. We reach Thangnak, a rather more substantial hamlet with a small village. Stepping out of the settlement, we are greeted by fabulous mountain views. The trail brings us to the Ngozumpa glacier edge after short walk, which is longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, we get view of the second of the Gokyo lakes on the series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. On the edge of this lake stands the Gokyo Village where we finally give rest to our tired body. Overnight at Gokyo.
Day 15: Rest day in Gokyo - Gokyo Ri [5357m/17,575 ft]: 3 - 4 hrs (B, L, D)
Rest day in Gokyo Valley is an exceptional opportunity. This acclimatization day is grasped as an opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Or, as we know Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it hosts, definitely we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). About 3 km north of Gokyo is the fourth lake with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The trail continues to fifth lake and we get mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water. If interested, we climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. We can see a lot more from here - the spot is called Scoundrel's Viewpoint. Beyond the fifth Lakes is the Cho Oyu Base Camp. Scenery here is breathtaking with Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang seeming just a stone's throw away. Northern part of the fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and biggest glacier of the world- the Ngazumpa Glacier. Moved by the charm, we may even try to go sixth lake too but depends upon our own interest and time. Back to Gokyo village. Overnight at Gokyo.
Day 16: Gokyo - Renjo La [5360m/17585 ft] - Marlung [4210m/13,810 ft]: 7 - 8 hrs (B, L, D)
We need to start at dawn today as we have to trace our trail up to Marlung after conquest of Renjo La. As there is no alternative to Marlung for overnight today, we need to start early. Down from the Gokyo Valley, we leave the main trail and turn to Renjo La trail by Dudh Pokhari. After about 3 hours, we gain the Renjo La where a dazzling vista awaits. The Everest itself, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche can be seen shining in the sun. Views from Renjo La are much like that from Gokyo Ri with third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of Ngozumpa Glacier. Continuing on from the pass, the trail winds down a stone staircase and then scramble over loose scree to reach the south bank of a small lake, Angladumba Tsho. Presence of ice on the trial while descending down can make our descend a bit hazardous. Along the way we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. However, we walk down through narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde where there is a support Lodge but it can be closed often. We walk almost for an hour from Lumde to get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Kosi. Overnight at Marlung.
Day 17: Marlung - Namche Bazzar: 5 - 6 hrs (B, L, D)
The descent from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. Down from the Marulung we cross the Bhote Kosi and descend to Taranga. The trail then goes through the valley of Langmuche Khola. This stream drains down from Dig Tsho, the glacial lake that burst its banks in 1985, causing devastating floods along the Dudh Kosi Valley to moraine to Thame. Thame has a sprawling village with a few lodges and stunning mountains like Thamserku, Katenga, Kusum Kangguru, etc. Overlooking Thame is its famous Gompa situated some the fields, on a hill to the west. Established some 325 years ago, the Gompa has three big images of Chenresig (Avalokiteswara), Guru Rimpoche, Buddha Sakyamuni. Colorful Mani Rimdu festival featuring colorful mask dances is held in this Gompa in May. We climb down after crossing a bridge after then eventually reach Samde. The place offer breathtaking views. The path steeply descends down to Thamo village which hosts a monastery called Khari Goma which is a nunnery being home to some nuns and monks. After passing through a check post, we come to the world`s highest hydroelectric power station built on Austrian help. Then after, we reach small village of Phurte where there is Laudo monastery which is run by Kopan monastery of Bouddhanath in Kathmandu and is popular among the westerners for Buddhist study and meditation center. We eventually reach Namche again through some Gompas, colorful player flags, Mani stones, and Chortens for the night rest.
Day 18: Namche to Lukla: 4 - 5 hrs
Today we enjoy the last walk at lower altitude in the Everest region. Most tracks today is flat although we will have some descend and brief ascents too. Today, we further enjoy a combo of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distant background Kwangde peak. As we walk through the Sherpa villages, we notice impressive display of faith in Buddhism and cultural practices associated with it as prayer stones dot the landscape and prayer flags flap in the wind. We cross the Dhud Koshi River three times through the prayer flags strewn suspension bridges and also cross one of its tributary, Thado Koshi once. The final ascent of about 45 minutes from Chheplung takes us to Lukla, where we stretch our fatigued legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Our fantastic trek culminates on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with faces that show happiness! This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity to spend some relaxing moments with whole crew as the porters will not accompany with us to Kathmandu.
Day 19: Lukla - Kathmandu (B)
Fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning. After 9 – 10 AM there will be no flights because of strong wind. Check in hotel. You will offer for the rest and refreshment in the hotel. Evening take your own time for leisure.
Day 20: Departure (B)
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport for final departure to your home country.