Sunday, November 1st - Tuesday, November 17th
Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400m)
Arrive in Kathmandu, the capital city, as a group at the Tribhuvan International Airport where we will meet our guides.
Day 02 - Trek Prep & City Tour
We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Bouddhanath Stupa which are all UNESCO world heritage sites! We will also be doing a justice tour of the Red Light District to close out the day.
Day 03 - Fly to Lukla (2,804m ~ 40 min) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m ~ 4 hours)
Our guides will take us to the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for an early morning 40 minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla. After landing we have time to explore the village. This is where we begin our trek in the Everest region! We will start by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail. On an easy walk, we will pass through the small village of Ghat (2,550m), and then it is only a short walk to Phakding.
Day 04 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m ~ 5.5 hours)
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, shops, money exchange services, etc.
Day 05 - Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day
We will spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimate. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We will also hike up to Everest View Hotel, one of the highest-placed hotels in the world, where we can see some breathtaking views of the Himalayas (including Mount Everest)!
Day 06 - Trek to Tengboche (3,860m ~ 5 hours)
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi with magnificent views of the mountains. Our group has the opportunity to visit a Buddhist monastery and observe a prayer ceremony!
Day 07 - Trek to Dingboche (4,350m ~ 5 hours)
From Tengboche, the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the lmja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones (stones with prayers inscribed on them). Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Arna Dablam. We’ll take our time so we can continue to acclimate.
Day 08 - Acclimation Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083m ~ 4 hours)
This day is planned as an acclimation day. We don't make progress towards Everest Base Camp. Instead we will take a hike to the Nangkartshang Peak just above Dingboche. The peak has an excellent view of the gorgeous Arna Dablam. You can spend the afternoon strolling around the village or resting.
Day 09 - Trek to Lobuche (4,910m ~ 5 hours)
Today's trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have sadly perished on nearby summits. We continue to trek as we head to the village of Lobuche, which is located at the foot of the giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude.
Day 10 - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365m) and back to Gorak Shep (5,180m ~ 8 hours)
This is a big and difficult trek along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5,365m. This is the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment!
The view of the Khumbu lcefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak Shep for the night.
Day 11 - Hike Up to Kala Patthar (5,555m) and Trek Down to Pheriche (4,200m ~ 7 hours)
This will be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, days of the trek. Most of the early morning is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patthar, a small peak at 5,555m. The ascent is demanding, but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama of Everest, the highest point on the planet! Then we make a quick descent to Gorak Shep to have a hot breakfast and then trek down to Pheriche.
Day 12 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m ~ 7 hours)
Leaving the mountains behind us, our descent takes us through Pangboche and Tengboche before continuing to the town of Namche Bazaar. We arrive back to Namche in the afternoon.
Day 13 - Trek to Lukla (2,804m ~ 6 hours)
This is our last day of trekking as we return to Lukla where the trek began. We enjoy this time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. The afternoon is free, so you can wander about, relax, and enjoy a hot shower! In the evening, have a few celebratory drinks with your trek-mates.
Day 14 - Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Enjoying the last glimpse of the mountains and the last morning in the Everest region, the 35 minute scenic flight takes us back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel.
Day 15 - Souvenir Shopping
Day 16 - Transfer to the International Airport for your final departure
The Everest Base Camp trek concludes – our guide service airport representative will drop you off at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.