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Experience the sights of Kathmandu as you explore the Everest region en route to Everest Base Camp.
Three hearty meals prepared by outstanding cooks each day will keep you energised throughout the trip, and our carefully devised, well-paced itinerary will make sure that all trekkers are given enough time for acclimatisation - the key to success in the Everest region.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
A pre-trek briefing before dinner.
Day 2: Kathmandu
A sightseeing tour around Kathmandu, including Pashupatinath Temple and the Boudhanath stupa.
Day 3: Kathmandu - Lukla - Ghat (Walk approx. 2-3 hours)
Flight to Lukla, with marvellous views of the Eastern Himalaya. We head towards the raging river that flows from the highest peaks. Stop overnight at our private eco camp at Ghat.
Day 4: Ghat - Monjo (Walk approx. 4-5 hours)
We cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river, named "Dudh" (milk) Kosi (river) because of its colour. Spectacular mountain peaks unfold above us. We will see our first Mani walls today.
Day 5: Monjo - Namche (Walk approx. 4-5 hours)
We pass through the gates of the Sagamartha National Park and follow the river, crossing a spectacular high bridge before ascending to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa 'capital' of Nepal. Today we catch our first glimpse of Mount Everest.
Day 6: Namche Bazaar
Acclimatisation day. The Namache Sherpa Cultural Centre has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs. Those who are acclimatising well may wish to walk to the Everest View Hotel for spectacular views of Everest and Ama Dablam, or to the village of Khumjung to visit Sir Edmund Hillary's school and hospital, as well as the monastery.
Day 7: Namache Bazaar - Thyangboche - Deboche (Walk approx. 6-7 hours)
One of the most spectacular trekking days in Nepal. We may see Himalayan wildlife and the views of the Everest massif are astounding. We visit to the Thyangboche Monastery then head downhill to our camp at Deboche.
Day 8: Deboche - Dingboche (Walk approx. 6-7 hours)
A wide, open trail takes us to the small village of Pangboche. We cross the river again and then gradually trek up to Dingboche, situated just beneath the impressive Ama Dablam mountain.
Day 9: Dingboche
An important acclimatisation day with the option of hiking high up to the ridge overlooking the village, or perhaps up to Chukung Village.
Day 10: Dingboche - Lobuche (Walk approx. 6 hours)
Views of different peaks, such as Cholatse and Lobuche, unfold before us in the contrasting and spectacular landscape. We enjoy spectacular views all day today of Pumori and Nuptse, with the hill above the town affords amazing sunset views of the peaks. Overnight eco lodge.
Day 11: Lobuche - Gorak Shep - Base Camp (Walk approx. 7-8 hours)
We trek alongside the Khumbu Glacier towards the settlement of Gorak Shep. We are high among the glaciers of the world's highest peaks. We have an early lunch before we commence our trek to Everest Base Camp, one of the highlights of the trek.
Day 12: Kala Pattar & Dingboche
Kala Pattar translates to "black rock". From the top the views are spectacular and many famous Everest base camps and ascent routes are quite clear.
Day 13: Dingboche - Deboche (Walk approx. 4-5 hours)
We descend to Pangboche and visit its historic old monastery, thought to be the oldest in the Khumbu.
Day 14: Deboche - Namache (Walk approx. 5-6 hours)
It's a pleasant walk down to Namche, and if the weather is clear, the mountain views from Thyangboche monastery as we pass through are outstanding.
Day 15: Namache - Lukla (Walk approx. 7-8 hours)
We retrace our steps along the valley before a gentle climb to Lukla. We savour our final mountain sunset of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey. Celebrate with music, dancing and the superb cakes that our Nepali chefs are renowned for.
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu
A thrilling flight over forests, fields and villages.The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 17: Flight home
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