Join us for a 15 day trek through the mountains and valleys of Nepal.
Each day’s trek is packed with opportunities to learn more about the Himalayas and the culture of the region. Highlights of each day are:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m), transfer to hotel, welcome dinner
After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be picked up by our representative who will drop you off at your hotel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Guided tour around the World Heritage sites of Kathmandu
Following breakfast, professional tour guides will take you on a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City that includes UNESCO listed sites such as:
Swoyambhunath is the oldest stupa of the Buddhist religion in the Kathmandu valley. It acts as home to large numbers of monkeys and so tourists and local people often call it the Monkey Temple.
Pashupatinath is an extensive Hindu temple complex. It acts as a holy pilgrimage site for Hindus and is also a cremation site where the last rites of Hindus are performed. Here you may come across Sadhus or Hindu Holy Men, who can be identified by their unique dreadlocks and ash rubbed bodies.
Boudhanath is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Kathmandu. The centre of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal, it is a site where you can join Tibetan pilgrims on their morning and evening koras, or climb to the upper level of the plinth for a raised view.
Patan Darbar Square
Patan Darbar Square is a royal palace of the medieval period recognised for its unique architecture and artworks. These include stone and metal carvings that date back to the 14th century, impressive carved pillars and gates, and statues of key deities.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 40 minute flight; 8km, 3 - 4 hours trek
Your journey starts with a scenic flight of around 45 minutes to Lukla, with a break for tea and coffee after landing. The trek starts with a descent towards the village of Cheplung where you will see beautiful views of Mount Khumbila. Mount Khumbila (5761m), also known as ‘God of Khumbu’, is a sacred mountain considered too holy to be climbed by the local people. From Cheplung, your journey then continues towards Phakding. Stay overnight in Phakding after a visit to the Phakding Monastery.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 11km, 5 – 6 hours trek
This is a big day of trekking that climbs over 800 meters, mostly on the last part of the trail. You will also cross several long suspension bridges over the Dudhkoshi river. The first part of trail is the easiest. Cross the Dudhkoshi and walk along the path west of the river, passing through pine forests and small villages along the way. After trekking north up the Benkar valley and through the Chumoa and Monjo villages, you will reach the Everest National Park entrance gate at Jorsalle, where all climbing passes will be checked and verified. Enjoy your first sight of majestic, snow-covered mountains before the final section gets tougher. This stage of the trek will take you across the Hillary bridge, which is the longest and highest of the day’s trek and also the last to cross before the final steep path up to the historic town of Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is famous in the region, rich in history and culture and there is much to see. Its markets sell everything from Tibetan artefacts to trekking and climbing equipment. It also provides amazing views of snow-clad peaks and all expeditions in the Everest region start from here. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: rest day
Although designated a ‘rest’ day, this day includes an acclimatization trek to a higher altitude and then back to Namche Bazaar. In a span of around 48 hours you will have had climbed up to 11,290 ft / 3,440 m at Namche Bazaar from a starting point of 4,600 ft / 1,400 m at Kathmandu so it’s important to properly acclimatize. The day’s trek will be to a small but vibrant Sherpa village called Khumjung village. There you will be able to visit the Hillary School and the Khumjung Monastery that has a scalp on display which the monastery claims belonged to the mythical Yeti. This is a good opportunity to learn more about the Sherpa culture, taste local cuisines, and enjoy the amazing views of the Himalayas. After a day of exploration, you will make your way back to Namche Bazaar to sleep one more night at the current altitude. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 10km, 5 – 6 hours trek
With a good breakfast checked off the list, prepare to trek up to the renowned Tengboche monastery at Tengboche village. Tengboche is the largest monastery in the region and one of the most significant. The monastery is in a beautiful location, perched on a high ridge with Mount Ama Dablam in the background. It is surrounded by pines, azaleas and colourful mountain rhododendrons, and the views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku are fantastic!
The early parts of the hike up to Tengboche provide loads of opportunities for good pictures of the beautiful Himalayan landscape as you pass through small villages and Buddhist stupas. You may also come across an old man and a woman who claim to maintain the trail — they have a big sign in four languages asking for donations for maintenance. Midway along, the trail splits, with three different signs pointing towards the Khumjung village, other Gokyo, and Tengboche respectively. At this point, get ready for the trail to turn steep! The last few kilometers to Tengboche has the most height gain. It’s mostly a slow and steady incline but be ready for some up-and-down sections, too. Stay overnight in Tengboche.
Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 9km, 5 – 6 hours trek
Many trekkers later report this day’s trek, from Tengboche to Dingboche, as one of their favorites of the entire journey. Although the level of difficulty is relatively moderate, the trail promises an outstandingly beautiful view of Mount Everest. The first part of the trail includes river crossings along wooden bridges, climbs up large steps through colorful gateways, and continuous views of the Himalayas. From Tengboche, descend to Debuche and cross the Imja River, passing through lush forests of birch, conifer and rhododendron trees along the way. Taking the upper Pangboche trail you will see the Pangboche Monastery on the way to Pangboche. The climb to Dingboche begins from the Imja Valley and the Lobuche River. Stay overnight at the picturesque village of Dingboche.
Day 08: Dingboche: rest day
Dingboche is above the tree-line, people! You know what that means, it means it’s time to acclimatize with a hike around Dingboche. The day starts with ascent of a ridge behind the village for views of six of the tallest mountains in the world. These include Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. There are also good views of the Cholatse and Taboche peak, and other snow-clad mountains rising above the Khumbu Khola Valley — Lobuche West, and Lobuche East. The ridge also offers spectacular views of the Imja Khola Valley and Dingboche village itself. Stay overnight at Dingboche.
Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,928m/16,164ft altitude), 5 – 6 hrs trek
This day’s trek progresses further across Himalayan trails towards the Everest base camp. Over the 5 hour walk you will be able to view memorials to climbers and sherpas through Dughla pass before reaching the beautiful village of Lobuche. Stay overnight in Lobuche.
Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,160m/16,925ft altitude) & continue to Everest Base Camp (5,380m/17,646ft altitude) then back to Gorakshep, 6 – 7 hrs trek
Be prepared for a long and exciting day as you trek towards Gorakshep and Everest Base Camp. The first part of the day is the trek to Gorakshep. After checking in to the lodge, walk to base camp across the highest glacier in the world, the Khumbu Glacier, and also cross the Changri Glacier. Stay overnight in Gorakshep.
DAY 11: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar & walk till Pheriche, 7 hrs trek
Wake up early before taking the route to Everest Base Camp following the Khumbu Glacier. The trail is steep and filled with loose rocks and gravel, with huge boulders strewn along the way. Everest Base Camp lies in an open field at the foot of Mount Everest right below the Khumbu Icefall. If you make this trek during the climbing season you will find colourful tents decorating the grey landscape and have the chance to meet climbers preparing to scale the world’s tallest mountain. Take the time to appreciate that you have accomplished your goal and how amazing it feels to stand beneath some of the tallest mountains on earth. Later head down to Gorakshep for breakfast and then trek towards Pheriche. Stay overnight in Pheriche.
DAY 12 : Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft), 6 hrs trek
Lose approximately 2,000 feet in elevation during this day’s trek through a series of up-and-down sections along the trail. The descent is picturesque with hillsides filled with rhododendron and juniper trees, and a bridge crossing over the Dudh Koshi River. The trail descends rapidly through pine forests where you can easily spot mountains goats, pheasants, and other wild animals and birds common to the area. The path eventually reaches Sansa where you can enjoy views of the Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse mountains. The final stage follows winding trails and a walk through a forest before reaching Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
DAY 13 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m/9,186ft): 6 – 7 hours trek
The trek from Namche Bazaar begins over rocky terrain. The trail is mostly downhill and alongside the Dudh Koshi River. You will cross several suspension bridges, and pass by several monasteries and villages before reaching Lukla. After reaching Lukla, spend rest of the day taking rest and enjoying the last day on the mountains. Stay overnight in Lukla.
DAY 14: Fly to Kathmandu
Flight time: 30 minutes
Return to Kathmandu by flight. Back at the hotel you have the choice to rest or explore more of the city on your own — you might like to stroll around Ason Bazaar and Thamel and shop for souvenirs. In the evening enjoy a complimentary dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant along with a cultural show. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 15: Final Departure
Bid goodbye to your new-found friends and Kathmandu, then one of our staff will drive you to the international airport two hours before your flight departs. You also have the option to let us know if you want to visit more places in Nepal.