23 Days on the trail of Sir Edmund Hillary
The Everest region is the dream of almost every traveler who comes to Nepal. The majestic peak rises 8,8,48 meters into the bright indigo blue Himalayan skies. It's snow-capped peak stands brilliantly against the blue sky, making for one of the most significant views anywhere in the world. You may have seen snowcapped peaks before, but nothing, and we mean nothing, will prepare you for the majesty of Mt. Everest.
This trip takes you through the Everest region. Home to the Sherpa people, their ancestry dates back in these mountains to the time of Genghis Khan. Rugged, industrious and very friendly, they welcome visitors into their villages where you will see colorful clothing, happy children and plenty of smiles.
The trail will take you across glaciers, next to the sacred lakes of Gokyo and then up to Everest Base Camp at 5,364 m. The highlight of the trip will be when you stand on Kalapattar Hill (elev. 5,545 m) where you will behold Mt. Everest in all of its ethereal glory.
The journey is as much part of the experience as your destination. You will pass by wild rivers that cut deep gorges into the landscape. There will be monasteries hanging off the sides of the cliffs. And there will be the people you meet as you immerse yourself in the Sherpa culture.
This trip is a wonderful 23 days, beginning and ending in Kathmandu. You will be able to see an actual Yeti skull, preserved at one monastery which lends credibility to the legend of these giant beasts who inhabit the most remote places of the Himalayas.
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Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel, rest and refresh for couple of hour and complete the official formalities.
Day 02 : Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and necessary preparation for the treks.
Day 03 : Fly to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding2610m). The trail is gentle descends first up to Thado Koshi then gradual climb up to the first camp site via Dudh koshi river bank.
Day 04 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m), Namche Bazar is main commercial town of Khumbu region as well as gate way to Mt. Everest. Before head to further your journey you will have chance to experience about real Sherpa culture.
Day 05 : Acclimatize in Namche Bazaar, morning visit Everest view point form there you will have first glimpse of Mt. Everest and stunning views of other mountains- Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Khantenga, Thamserku and more.
Day 06 : Trek to Tengboche (3860m), after breakfast at Namche Bazaar your trek start via gentle ridge walk of the town and descent to the Dhudh Koshi River at Phunkithanka, after crossing the bridge from there the trail goes climb up to the Tengboche. The Monastery of there is the main attraction during the Mani Rimdu festival in November most of the locals and travelers gather for the celebration. Besides the place offers you panoramic views second glimpse of Mt. Everest.
Day 07 : Trek to Dingboche (4410m), Just descending from the Tengboche Monastery the trail follow through Rhododendron forest with sloppy steps to Deboche. Further ahead from there you will be crossing Imja Khola Bridge and trail goes gradual climb up to next Sherpa village Pangboche (3930m). This village has Oldest Monastery of the Khumbu region may you can have short drinking break before the lunch break of the day at Somare and late afternoon you will be at Dingboche Village for the over night camp.
Day 08 : Acclimatize in Dingboche, This is second rest day of your classic journey to Mt. Everest, the village is situated Imja khola valley, one of the warmest and sunny village and the last cultivation land of the region with breathe taking closer views of Mt. Ama Dablam and Lhotse. May you can spend your time couple of hour walking to the ridge for the photographs or exploring around the Sherpa Land.
Day 09 : Trek to Lobuche (4910m), after a day rest your journey will continue towards the Lobuche via grand barrier with many splendid vies of the peaks .Now you are almost close to khumbu glacier just crossing the river near by Dugla the trail goes again climb up from there to top of the ridge and the trail drops again to moraine of the Khumbu glacier and continue to the Lobuche.
Day 10 : Trek to Gorakhshep (5140m), about 3 hours gradual walk from the Lobuche camp site you will be at your final destination of Mt. Everest, if day sunny and without clouds may you can visit Everest Base(5364m), Camp after the lunch or climb up to Kalapatthar hill (5545m) for the panoramic views of Giant Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumo Ri, Nuptse and Lintren.
Day 11 : Morning explore around the Khumbu Glacier or climb up to kalapatthar for the last best view of your dream about Mt. Everest, have a breakfast and trek back to via same route to Lobuche camp site again.
Day 12 : In the morning after breakfast drop down via glacier moraine from Lobuche near by Dugla the route will be changed towards the next stop Dzongla (4830m). This is the last stop before crossing the famous Cho La Pass 5330m.
Day 13 : From Dzongla now you are going for the pass, it will be long walking until the next stop so may you need to carry extra bottle of drinking water because on the way there is no any places for buying drinks. After the pass the trail drops down to the next camp site is called Thangnak (4700m).
Day 14 : Trek to Gokyo Lake (4790m), from Thangnak the trail drop you first to Ngozumpa Glacier after crossing the glacier section you will be near by first Lake after continue the trek again you will have beautiful second lake and finally you will be in the Gokyo Lake which is considered as both Hindus and Buddhists secrete holy pilgrimage site.
Day 15 : Explore around Gokyo Lake morning visit Gokyo Ri (5360m) from there you will have stunning view of whole Everest region including Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche.
Day 16 : Walk towards Cho Oyu base camp, explore around the far corner of Fik Lake and afternoon come back to stay over night at Gokyo.
Day 17 : Trek back to Dole, the rout will be descending down via Dhudh Koshi River bank and on the way you will have many spots of wonderful panoramic views.
Day 18 : Trek to Khumjung (3780m), Khumjung is the largest settlement village in the Sherpa land where you will have chance to see real Sherpas’ life style and there cultural activities, The village has also a high school which is funded by Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation and also an old monastery where they have preserved famous Yeti skull.
Day 19 : Trek back to Phakding, the trail again drops to Namche Bazar and have a short tea/coffee stop and continue descending via same route and on the way stop for the lunch break an hour at Jorsale Village.
Day 20 : After breakfast from Phakding Village trek back to Lukla, have a lunch and rest at tea house lodge or afternoon free for personal activities.
Day 21 : Early in the morning fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu, end the trip and transfer to hotel.
Day 22 : Free day in Kathmandu for personal activities- shopping, sightseeing and evening Nepalese typical dinner party with culture show.
Day 23 : After breakfast transfer to airport for International departure.