Day 01: Kathmandu Sightseeing
On the second day, you will explore major attractions of Kathmandu valley. Our city guide will meet you at your hotel at 9:00 AM to pick you up for the sightseeing tour. The observation sites include Swoyambhunath aka the monkey temple; Boudhanath, the holy shrine of Tibetan Buddhists; Pashupatinath, the largest Hindu religious complex in Nepal and Hanumandhoka Durbar square, one of the medieval royal plazas of the valley.
Overnight stay at Hotel Arts ( or hotel of similar range).
Overnight stay at Phakding.
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
Approximate altitude gain: 830 m. Following a trail through pine forest and crossing few suspension bridges, you will arrive at a small settlement called Benkar which is the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. After necessary formalities, you will continue towards Namche Bazaar, the major market of Everest region, which teems with shops and hotels of diverse standards.
Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Day 04: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Acclimatization is an important part of trekking, especially those involving larger height gains: it minimizes the chance of complications due to abrupt altitude changes. For this reason you will stay another night at Namche Bazaar before continuing to Tengboche. Nonetheless, you will find your rest day at Namche worthwhile which accommodates — apart from hotels– banks, government offices, cyber cafes, restaurants, bakeries, massage parlours, trekking gear shops, etc. Or, you may attempt short hikes to Khumbu or Thame to improve your stamina.
Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m)
Approximate altitude gain: 420 m. Tengboche derives its name from the largest monastery of Khumbu region renowned for unique, colourful Mani Rimdu festival held at its premises annually during the full moon of October. With picturesque views of summits of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Mt. Luptse, among others, the trail climbs up to the airdrome of Syanboche before further ascending to Khundu and descending to Dudh Koshi. From here, you will join Tengboche trail and continue till the monastery. There are few hotels in the vicinity of the monastery.
Overnight stay at Tengboche.
Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m)
Approximate altitude gain: 550 m. You will start the day by climbing down to the small town of Debuche, and will cross a stream before continuing to Pheriche. You’ll encounter Mani stones inscribed with Buddhist prayer of compassion –Om Mani Pembe Hum, and chortens along the way. En route to Dingboche, you might want to visit the Pangboche gompo which holds a replica of the hand claimed to be that of a yeti. Leaving the monastery, you will descend down to Lobuche river and gradually start the steep climb to the stop of the day: Dingboche. The scenery widens into a picturesque vista at Dingboche.
Overnight stay at Dingboche.
Day 07: Rest Day at Dingboche
Another day of acclimatization. However the panoramic views of Himalayan peaks and short but somewhat challenging excursions to the hills nearby will make your stay enjoyable, if not adventurous.
Overnight stay at Dingboche.
Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,930 m)
Approximate altitude gain: 520 m. After your breakfast, you will start climbing along dry fields of Khumbu valley with picturesque views of mountains on the backdrop. The trail leads to Duglha via Phalung Karpo which sits the historical base camp of first ever successful ascent to the Everest in 1953. Some prefer moving straight to Lobuche to stopping at Duglha; however staying here for acclimatization is highly recommended.
The trail from Duglha to Lobuche is memorable for the stone memorials erected in the memory of 10 alpinists, including Scott Fischer, who died in the fateful Everest disaster of 1996. Also, the wonderful views of Pumori, Mahalangur, and Khumbutse peaks add to the grandiosity of the trek.
Overnight stay at Lobuche.
Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Everest base camp then back to Gorak Shep (5,160m)
Approximate altitude gain: 230 m. The trail leading to Gorak Shep, the base camp of 1952 Swiss expedition et al. is the final settlement before Everest base camp. The trail splits from Gorak Shep — one leads to the Everest base camp; other leads to Kala Patthar. Within 3 hours of moderate walking, you’ll find yourself on the pedestal of the highest peak in the world. Ironically, view of the Everest is better observed from Kala Patthar. After spending some time in the base camp you will return back to Gorak Shep.
Overnight stay at Gorak Shep.
Day 10: Kalapatthar (5545m) Hiking ; Gorekshep to Pheriche
You will start your day early by climbing up the trail that meanders across a dry, rocky mountain. The terrain doesn’t pose challenge on this day, but the heavily blowing wind does. Within 2 hours of climbing, you will reach Kala Patthar (literally translated as black rock). The view of Everest observed from here is more eye-catching than that seen from the base camp. You will return to Gorakshep for breakfast before continuing downwards to Pheriche.
Overnight stay at Pheriche.
Day 11 to Day 13: Return Trek from Pheriche (4210m) to Lukla (3900m)
Day 11: Overnight stay at Khumjung
Day 12: Overnight stay at Jorsale
Day 13: Overnight stay at Lukla
Day 14: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu; Spiritual activities
You will embark the flight to Kathmandu in the morning
Overnight stay at Hotel Arts or Similar range.
Day 15: Goodbye
After this amazing trek if you are interested in partaking in other activities like Jungle Safari, Rafting, Biking, Tours, or Trekking to other regions, we’ll organize the trip accordingly. Or if you decide to leave Nepal, we will transfer you to the airport.
Disclaimer:Lukla being accessible only via air and weather of the flight zone being unpredictable, there are often cases of unavailability of tickets, delay or even cancellation of the scheduled flights. SNS travel point will not be obliged to compensate for the extra expenditure incurred by the travellers due to extension of travel schedule in such cases.
Note:The itinerary is subject to changes owing to several unexpected factors; in such cases trekking guide/leader are entitled to make necessary alterations at their discretion. Nevertheless, all activities mentioned in the itinerary will be covered, as long as the weather permits, although there might be a few adjustment in the travel plan as deemed necessary by the guide.