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Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! You will be met at Delhi International Airport and transfer you to your hotel.
This morning you its a drive to Agra. The rest of the day is free and we recommend you visit Agra Fort - behind its colossal walls are some of the finest Mughal buildings in India. Construction of the fort commenced during the reign of Emperor Akbar and additions continued to be made until the rule of his grandson Shah Jahan. The best time to visit the Taj is in the evening when it's a memorable at sunset. You can travel to the Taj Mahal by horse and cart too. Described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, this fine example of Mughal architecture was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved second wife-Mumtaz Mahal.
You have a free day today, with a car and driver at your disposal.
Its an early start this morning as you return to Delhi by road and are taken to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. (d: 13:15 a: 15:40). Arrival into Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel. Rest of the day is free.
An early flight to Lukla. Shortly after take off you see the Langtang and Jugal ranges surrounding the Kathmandu Basin. Next you fly over series of ridges and rivers with excellent view of Rolwaling Himal where Gaurishankar and Melungtse are particularly striking. Lukla is the main gateway to Everest region. There our team will be waiting for you at the airport. Please refer to the separate document provided for details of your trek to base camp.
We cross Dudh Koshi river by a long suspension bridge and continue following the river northwards to Jorsale (2774m ), the last village before Namche. Trekking further along the river, crossing at different points by improvised wooden bridges, we climb out of the valley to Monjo. This is the entrance to Everest National Park where your entrance permit is checked. A steep ascent of over 1000 ft. takes you to Namche Bazaar, the famous trading rendezvous to Tibet and gateway to all the famous Himalayan Expeditions. Saturday is the weekly market day.
Today we make an acclimatisation trek up to one of the largest village in Khumbu. A steep one hour climb to Syangboche airstrip (3720m) which serves the famous Hotel Everest View. The trail descends to Khumjung village which is at the foot of the Sacred mountain, Khumbila (5761m). You may also see the Yeti’s skull kept at the monastery. Khumjung also have school which was originally opened by Sir Edmond Hillary, also it is possible to visit Kunde hospital too. Panoramic views of mountains Thamserku, Khangtega and Kusum Khang and the Lukla valley can be seen en-route.
We leave Namche and follow a spectacular path which traverses the hillside high above the Dudh Kosi river. After about two hours we arrive at the lodges of Sanasa where we can stop for tea. We then descend all the way down to the Dudh Kosi river and our lunch stop is at Phunki Tenga. From here its a long climb up to the famous Gompa (monastery) at Tengboche. We continue for a short distance, and our overnight stop is at the hamlet of Deboche, situated in pine forests.
From Deboche, we head north and cross the Dudh Kosi river over a small suspension bridge. We then follow a the path through the village of Pangboche. Superb views of Ama Dablam present themselves at virtually every point on. We continue along the river and our overnight stop at the village of Dingboche.
From Dingboche, we start to ascend into the highest parts of the Khumbu. The path traverses the hillside until we reach the few stone buildings at Dugla. We have lunch here and then continue to ascend by the snout of the Khumbu Glacier, passing many stone chortens. We follow the path through a grassy valley and finally reach the lodge at Lobuche where there are outstanding views of Nuptse.
A short day today as we trek on a rough path high above the Khumbu Glacier to Gorak Shep (5160m). Consisting of just a handful of basic lodges and yak herders huts, this is the last habitation before Everest base camp. Every Everest expedition over the last 50 year has passed through here and the lodges are fi;;ed with expedition paraphernalia of every kind suspended from the rafters. In the afternoon you can opt to ascend Kala Pattar (5545m) for the classic views of the world’s highest mountain. The best time to be on the summit of Kala Pattar is the late afternoon when the sun is setting in the west away from the mountain. There are direct views of Mt. Pumori and further to Changtse in Tibet.
From Gorak Shep we descend down to the moraine covered Khumbu Glacier. We walk on the glacial ice which is pitted with many small stones and as we approach the base camp area the occasional ice tower juts up. After three hours we arrive at the base camp area. We may see pitched tents, though we cannot see the summit of Everest from base camp. Khumbu icefall is literally right in front of us and we may be able to see little black dots of climbers in the distance. To the south are panoramic views of Khumbu peaks including Cholatse, Taboche and Kwangde. We retrace our steps back to the lodge at Pheriche.
We return via the same route, descending via the hamlets. You can also visit a medical post staffed by western volunteers. We cross the Dudh Kosi again and contiue by path high above the river to the village of Pangboche. There are superb views of Ama Dablam (6856m) from all along the trail, offering varied perspectives on this famous peak. Pangboche is a sizeable Sherpa community with a large Gompa situated high above the village.
Our final day in the high mountains takes us back to Namche Bazaar. The path initially descends to the river below Pangboche and crosses via a rickety suspension bridge. We then climb up through pretty forest to the famous Gompa at Tengboche. Here you can look back northwards at the fantastic views which includes Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. We will also be able to visit the Gompa which has been recently built followd the fire in 1989. Then we begin the long descent to the Dudh Kosi at Punki Tenga. A break for lunch, before we begin our last big climb up to the lodges at Sanasa. From here the path contours around the hillside until we reach our lodge in Namche.
Today we retrace our route down the Dudh Kosi and back to Lukla. Although we took two days to make the same journey on the way up, we are now well acclimatised and its easy to cover the distance in five or six hours. We stop for lunch in Phakding before the final slow climb back up to the airstrip. Acommodation tonight is at the Mera Hotel in the centre of the village and will have a final celebratory meal with our Sherpa team - a time for traditional Sherpa songs and dancing.
Saying goodbye to our Sherpa crew, it's a flight back to Kathmandu with a transfer to your 5-star hotel - the Yak & Yeti.
This morning its a flight back to Delhi (d: 16:15 a: 17:30) for Adam to then catch your onward flight back to the UK. Zoe will have a flight to Kolkata. On arrival in Kolkata we will transfer you to the hotel.
Today we will drive you to Gangasagar and take the ferry to the island. On arrival onthe island we will transfer you to the guesthouse. Rest of the day is free.
We will transfer you back to the mainland and to the Howrah train station for the train to Mughal Sarai, departing at 19:40 and arriving the following morning at 06:20 (Howrah Kalka Mail train).
Upon arrival, we will then drive to Varanasi and transfer you to the hotel. Breakfast is on direct payment to the hotel this morning. Rest of the day is free.
We will transfer you to the train station for the train to Delhi, departing at 19:15 and arriving in the morning at 07:40 (Shiv Ganga Express).
We will meet you at the train station and transfer you to the hotel with a room for you to freshen up and have breakfast. We will then transfer you to the train station for the train to Mumbai, departing at 16:30 and arriving in the morning at 08:40 (Mumbai Rajdhani Express).
We will meet you at the train station and transfer you to the hotel. (Breakfast is on payment directly to the hotel). Rest of the day is free (no car at disposal).
Day at leisure to explore the city on your own. (no car at disposal).
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.