Welcome to Nepal and the start of your Everest adventure! Arrive into Kathmandu Airport and included transfer to your hotel. This evening have a welcome drink and attend a briefing about your trek.
Today explore cosmopolitan Kathmandu and the surrounding valley. Highlights include the Buddhist Stupas of Bodhnath and Swayambhunath. We’ll also explore Patan Durbar Square, home to more than 50 stunning temples and shrines. This evening enjoy dinner and a cultural Nepali dance performance.
Overnight: Kathmandu | Breakfast, Dinner
Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakdingma. This morning we take the scenic flight to Lukla, gateway to the Everest region, flying over the beautiful Langtang and Jugal ranges that surround the Kathmandu basin and the Rolwaling Himal. After lunch at the riverside village of Ghat, we begin our expedition with a series of short trekking days to ensure we acclimatise. Following the banks of the Dudh Koshi river we begin our gradual ascent to Phakdingma where we spend the night.
Overnight: Phakdingma (Lodge) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Phakdingma – Namche. Crossing the river on a large suspension bridge we head over to Jorsale and continue trekking along the river today. The trail passes over streams with wooden bridges and climbs out of the valley to Monjo where we enter the Everest National Park. Continuing on, we make a final steep ascent over 1000ft to reach Namche Bazaar, our resting place for the night. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Himalayas and a famous trading place for Tibetans.
Overnight: Namche Bazaar | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Namche Bazaar – Khumjung. Today we set off on a steep one-hour climb to the Shyangboche airstrip which serves the famous Hotel Everest View, before following the trail down to the Khumjung Village at the foot of the Sacred Mountain Khumbila. The panoramic mountain views en route today are superb! Sir Edmond Hillary founded the Kumjung School in 1960, which provides excellent primary education for the children in the area.
Overnight: Khumjung (Lodge) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Khumjung – Phortse. A steep walk takes us to the Mong La pass today with spectacular views of Ama Dablam and Khumbila mountains. Our camp for the night is in the very traditional Sherpa village of Phortse, where we're likely to spot Himalayan tahr (mountain goats), musk deer and danphe, the national bird of Nepal.
Overnight: Phortse Lodge | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Phortse - Dingboche. Enjoy wonderful views of Tengboche and Ama Dablam mountain during this morning’s ridge climb up the Imja Khola Valley to the village of Upper Pangboche with its ancient monastery. After lunch we continue up the glacial valley to Dingboche, passing some of Khumbu’s most beautifully carved prayer stones.
Overnight: Dingboche (Lodge) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dingboche - Chukkung Valley - Dingboche. Today we’ll experience one of the highlights of the trek with an excursion to the incredible Chukkung Valley, flanked by Lhotse Mountain to the north, Ama Dablam to the south and the great fluted ice walls of the Amphu Laptsa Pass. We trek back to Dingboche where there is the option to spend a second night or trek on to Duglha if we’re not too tired.
Overnight: Dingboche (Lodge) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dingboche - Lobuche. Continuing our journey, the trail gradually climbs to the tiny settlement of Duglha, nestled below the terminal morraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here there’s the option to take a side trip to a breathtaking viewpoint overlooking Tshola Tsho glacial lake with a dramatic backdrop of rugged peaks including Cholatse, Taboche and the mountains at the head of the Khumbu Valley. Back on the trail it’s a steep climb up to Lobuche, where we can watch the sun set over Nuptse Mountain.
Overnight: Lobuche (Lodge) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lobuche – Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp - Gorakshep - Kala Pattar – Dughla. Continuing along the main trail to Everest, with lovely views of Kala Pattar en-route, we hike to Gorakshep. This is a short distance but somewhat challenging at the present altitude. Those with enough energy can follow in the footsteps of the late, great Edmond Hillary and trek up to Everest Base Camp, where he and Tenzig Norgay began their immense, record breaking, expedition to reach the highest peak on Earth! Take in the atmosphere and witness the ‘expedition life’ of those present day mountaineers attempting to reach the summit. Return to Gorakshep where we spend the night.
On day 13 we climb Kala Pattar for arguably the most magnificent mountain vista in the world; the west and south face of Everest, so close you can even see the incredible climbing route from base to summit.
Overnight: Day 10 - Gorashep (Lodge), Day 11 - Dughla (Lodge) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Dughla – Pangboche – breakfast. It’s all downhill from now on, as we begin our descent! We stop for lunch at Pheriche before continuing on to the village of Pangboche.
Overnight: Pangboche | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Pangboche – Namche – Lukla – breakfast. Trekking back to the busy town of Namche today, we stop en route at the famous monastery at Tengboche which offers stunning panoramic views of Everest and other Himalayan peaks. In Namche you can spend the evening relaxing or perhaps sampling the local nightlife and enjoying a well-deserved drink or two!
We retrace our steps down the Dudh Kosi to Lukla on day 14, before a final slow climb to the airstrip. In the evening it’s time to celebrate our success and bid farewell to our fabulous trekking staff!
Overnight: Day 13 - Namache (Lodge), Day 14 - Lulka (Lodge) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Lukla – Kathmandu. Fly back to Kathmandu on day 15 and spend your final days at leisure; sightsee, shop or simply relax after your exhausting but momentous adventure – the choice is yours!
Overnight: Kathmandu | Breakfast x 2
Hotel check-out and included onward transfer to Kathmandu Airport.
Area covered: Everest region
Walking duration: 4 - 7 hours daily
Altitude: Max. 5400m
Average group size: 2 - 8
Upgrade Your Stay
We offer the option to pay a supplement and upgrade from basic 3 star to 4 star hotels in Kathmandu. Whilst trekking in Nepal accommodation options are limited and basic however we will upgrade you to a higher standard of lodge where possible, although please note that all lodges will be simple.