There cannot be a better choice of trek for people keen on getting under the skin of Nepal, as the excitement builds from Kathmandu itself, where you board the aircraft that whisks you away to the airstrip at Lukla, nestled in an alpine world of pure air and colourful Buddhist prayer flags. Our route follows the furious Dudh Koshi river to Namche Bazaar, a village in the Khumbu region made famous by the hardy Sherpa community. From there we head higher, into a valley and all the way to the base camp from where expeditions to the 8,852 metre peak are planned. The going is easy leaving us with enough time to explore the culture at picturesque Sherpa hamlets, among which is Thyangboche, a jaw-dropping cluster of beautiful houses with the picturesque monastery above it. The trek's high points include awe-inspiring views of Everest from Kala Pathar's summit, and Everest Base camp, where we go memorably close to the spectacular “Khumbu Icefall”, which leads to South Col - the route taken on the first ascent of the legendary "third pole". If the walk and the landscapes are a double joy, the icing on top is the standard of lodges on the trail.
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Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1375m)
Arrive and transfer to hotel. We are introduced to our trek leader and other members of the tour. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2650m)
Arrive and transfer to hotel. We are introduced to our trek leader and other members of the tour. Overnight at lodge.
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
The river stays with us but the landscape is dominated by pure pine groves. We climb for a short while to rise above the gorge and through the entrance to the Khumbu National Park. The trail is good and leads to a confluence of rivers — one coming down from Thame and the other from Khumbu. The last leg of the trail takes us over a breathtaking suspension bridge, from where on we climb for about 90 minutes to Namche on a wide switchback trail. Overnight at lodge.
Day 04: Rest day Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Namche Bazaar nestles between a pair of ridges amid the towering pinnacles of the Khumbu. It is also the perfect place to rest and acclimatise before setting out for Thyangboche. One gets spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. Overnight at lodge.
Day 05: Namche to Thyangboche (3790m)
The trail is easy, though you'll feel the effects of altitude on this five-hour jaunt — but that is if you find the time while looking at the other-worldly scenery that surrounds you. Beyond it we climb to Thyangboche, one of Nepal’s finest monasteries, along a ridge. We stay here to savour views of the Everest/Lhotse massif and Ama Dablam. Overnight at lodge.
Day 06: Thyangboche to Dingboche (4320m)
We reach Pangboche village, home to the the oldest monastery in Khumbu, after a 3-hour walk. Beyond the village we continue for an hour to Shomare where we stop for lunch. From there on begins our gradual ascent over 3 hours to Dingboche (4410m). Overnight at lodge.
Day 07: Acclimatisation walk to Imja Valley
Keeping with the need for acclimatisation we spend two nights here before moving up Khumbu valley. Today we trek to Imja Valley in the direction of Chukung. The views to Tibet and of Island Peak and Ama Dablam are fantastic. Overnight at lodge.
Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4900m)
On this day we follow the Khumbu Valley and climb to Dugla, a little hamlet, beyond which lies a memorial to the Sherpas claimed by Mount Everest. Overnight at lodge.
Day 09: A day to rest & acclimatise at Lobuche
Day 10: Lobuche to Everest base camp and descend to Gorak Shep (5140m)
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. Climbing steepily up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey green knoll beneath Mt Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mt Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Overnight at lodge.
Day 11: Trek to Kala Pathar (5500m) and descend to Lobuche (4900m) 6-7 hrs
Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Pathar and witness the first light of day caress the peaks of the mountains, particularly, Mt.Everest. However we need to be prepared for an early morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -15 deg C). Further, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Overnight at lodge.
Day 12: Trek Lobuche to Thyangboche (3440m) 4-5 hrs
We have an easy day and we descend down to Pheriche & onwards to Thyangboche. We get beautiful views of the Thyangboche monastery down the valley. Its time to enjoy the higher oxygen levels and some beer. Overnight at lodge.
Day 13: Trek Thyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 4-5 hrs
We descend to cross the Dudh Kosi river and then have a steep ascent towards Namche which eases off as we get closer to the village. Overnight at lodge.
Day 14: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800m) 6 hrs
We have a steep downhill walk to Monja. From Monjo the trail descends the valley which becomes more enclosed as we pass the villages of Phakding and Chopling, to reach Chaurikharka. Here we begin the final climb of the trip - the sting in the tail - with a 45 minute steady ascent up to the airstrip at Lukla. Overnight at lodge.
Day 15: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
We take the flight to Kathmandu, where we check in at our hotel. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing or shopping in the bazaar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16: Depart Kathmandu
Our services end after breakfast.
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KATHMANDU TO KATHMANDU
- - 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu (Bed & Breakfast) on twin sharing basis
- - Internal Flights and all Land transport in the itinerary
- - A White Magic Trip leader being assisted by a Nepalese Trek guide
- - 1 porter between two trekkers
- - Food for porters & crew members
- - All permits
- - Khumbu Muncipality Fees
- - Twin sharing room on trek
- - All meals on trek (03 meals / 03 times Tea or Coffee)
- - GST as applicable (Subject to change as per govt rules).
- - International Airfare
- - International airport taxes
- - Visas
- - All optional additional tours or activities during free time
- - Transportation outside of the tour program
- - Travel insurance
- - Tips
- - Items of a personal nature like phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir etc.
- - Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
- - One should budget for at least Rs. 250 per day for the bottled water on the trip. Average cost of bottled water on the trail is Rs. 70 per bottle.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of White Magic