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Arrival at Kathmandu, Nepal
Upon your arrival our representative will pickup from the airport and transfer to Hotel. After short refreshment we will conduct a briefing of the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Kathmandu to Lukla (2850 m) trek to Phakding (2650 m)
A short spectacular mountain flight to Lukla (2850m) early in the morning takes us to the gateway of the Everest Base Camp Trek. After a short explore of Lukla village, the trek starts with a descent towards the Dudh Koshi River which meets the main trail of our trek. This fairly easy 4-5 hours trek passes trough few pleasant Sherpa villages and provides magnificent views of Kongde and Kusumkangaru; two technical trekking peaks of Nepal. We fnally reach Phakding, Nepal where we stay for the night.
Phakding to Namche Bazzar (3440m)
We start the morning with slow ascend through the blue pine and rhododendron forest that is very spectacular in the spring months of Nepal when the flowers are in full bloom. We will cross the Dudh Koshi River at Benkar and enjoy great views of the snow peaks Kusum Kangaru and Thamserku until we reach Monjo, Nepal. After Monjo the trek will be a little strenuous with steep ascent. We then enter the Sagarmatha National Park of Nepal where our permits are checked before we descend quite steeply to Jorsale. The trek continues upstream on a flat terrain to the confluence of the Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. After crossing a large suspension bridge high above the river we climb steeply up to the village of Namche Bazaar where we will have the first glimpse of Everest including, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Tawoche. This is a slow 6-7 Hours walk to reach Namche where we spend the night.
Rest day in Namche Bazzar, Nepal (3440m)
Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar of Nepal. Namche is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town, before the clouds move in, reward climbers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam. On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. There is the option of walking up to the Everest View Hotel 3,900m to khumjung Hillary village or day hike to Thame. Over night stay Namche in same hotel.
Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3865m)
From Namche, the trail continues on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi through few villages and numerous tea shops. We descend steeply before we cross over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch where we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. On most treks we see Himalayan Thar, Danphe (the National Bird of Nepal) and Musk Deer along the trail. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery; the largest in the Khumbu. We spend the night next to the Thyangboche monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. It takes 6-7 hours to reach there where we spend the night.
Tengboche to Pheriche (4250m)
From Tengboche we walk through rhododendron forests, and then descend a muddy trail to Debuche to cross the Imja Khola River. On the trail we pass several Mani walls, then a couple of shortens on the way to Pangboche. The Pangboche Gompa is the oldest in the Khumbu area. When the trail to Pheriche crosses a small hill you can see not only the village, but Island Peak, one of Nepal's most famous trekking peaks, very closer view of famous mountain Ama Dablam many more mountain views. It takes around 5 hours to reach Pheriche where we stay in guest house for the night.
Rest day in Pheriche (4250m)
A day to rest and acclimatize. The best way to acclimatize is to go high and sleep low, so we will climb towards Mhera Peak, at 5200m, from where there is a spectacular view of Nuptse, Island peak, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Khangtega, Tawache Peak, Cholatse and Lobuche Peak. We also get to wander up the valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. We can climb up onto the ridge overlooking Dingboche for the view of the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Mt.Lhotse. Overnight stay at same guest house.
Pheriche to Lobuche (4900m)
We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest over the past 50 years. . From here the view is enthralling. Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, and across the border in Tibet. Changtse are seen at the head of the valley, whilst Everest is hidden behind the towering walls of Nuptse and Lhotse. We then follow the valley stream to our lodge at Lobuje where we will be arriving early afternoon after 5-6 hours trek.
Lobuche to Gorakhshep (5160m)
After breakfast we follow the broad valley running parallel to the Khumbu glacier. The trail ascends gradually to the moraines of the Changri Nup Glacier but from here we make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that leads eventually to Gorak Shep. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We will take lunch at Gorakh Shep where we stay over night in guest house.
Gorakhshep Kalapattar (5545m) - EBC (5400m) - Gorakhshep
Early morning we hike to the best view point of Khumbu region;the Kalapattar.This is literarily the best view point of Mount Everest and many more other high mountains. From the top of Kalapattar we see mountains all around us with Khumbu glacier too. After lunch we descend down to Everest Base Camp. From Base Camp we do not get views of Everest but we will be able to see the notorious Everest Ice Fall which is regarded as the hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to Gorakh Shep stay there for the overnight.
Gorekhshep to Pangboche (3975m)
From today we are going back to Lukla by the same way; so every view and every thing are same as mention in previous days itineraries. Today's trek is mostly downhill. We retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, where we will take our lunch. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche. It takes around 6 hours where we stay for the overnight.
Pangboche to Namche (3440m)
We continue the descend following the river, cross it over, climb back through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche crossing the small villages of Deboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche. It takes around 7 hours where we stay for the night.
Namche to Lukla (2850m)
Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla. It takes around 7 hours to go back to Lukla where we stay for the night. This last evening calls for a celebration. We have a party with our Sherpa guides and porters. We sample some change (local beer) and try out some Sherpa dance steps. Altogether an end to a memorable trip on a merry note.
Lukla fly back to Kathmandu (1300m)
Early morning 05:30 for breakfast then check in airport for flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer from the airport to the hotel.
Transfer to Airport for final Departure.