Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! On arrival, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the group hotel in Kathmandu. The day is free for you to explore before meeting your fellow Yomads travellers and local Nepali trek leader in the evening to learn more about the upcoming days.
Day 2: Free morning in Kathmandu, momo cooking class and Monkey Temple
Today is reserved for discovering Kathmandu, the country's capital city, at your own pace. In the afternoon you'll participate in a momo cooking course where you'll learn the art of making this traditional Tibetan dish before an optional guided walk to Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) to take in the view over Kathmandu city at sunset.
Suggestions for your free time:
- Explore the temples of Durbar Square
- Visit the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath
- Head to Boudhanath, one of the world's largest Buddhist stupas
- Explore UNESCO listed Bhaktapur, the ancient Nepali capital
Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Ghat (2530m), walk approx. 2 hours
It's an early wake up call for the transfer to Kathmandu's domestic airport. Here, you'll embark on the thrilling 45 minute mountain flight to Lukla, known as the gateway to the Everest region. Lukla's airstrip was built by Sir Edmund Hillary, the first westerner to climb Everest, to service the region when he began his philanthropic work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. At Lukla you'll be immediately impressed by the scale of the huge peaks that surround the village yet this is only a foretaste of what is to come. After assembling with the trekking crew you'll head downhill towards the Dudh Kosi River and our first permanent campsite at Ghat as Kusum Kangru comes into view.
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m), walk approx. 7 hours
This morning we pass through the gates of the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park and ascend to the ancient trading village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa ‘capital’ of Nepal. It is a tough climb through pine forests but you will be rewarded with your first glimpse of Everest. Tonight you'll be able to rest at the permanent campsite in Namche, our home for the next two nights.
Day 5: Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar
Today you'll wake up to the amazing amphitheatre of snow capped giants that surround Namche. Embark on an acclimatisation walk to Khumjung, where the famed Khunde hospital and Sir Edmund Hillary's 'Schoolhouse in the Clouds' can be found, as well as the Everest View Hotel for views of Thamserku, Kantega, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest at the head of the valley. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Namche.
Day 6: Trek to Deboche (3770m) via Thyangboche, walk approx. 6-7 hours
The walk to Deboche is one of the most spectacular trekking days in Nepal. The trail meanders easily around the ridges and Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon ahead. As we approach the ridge line we pass a chorten before cresting the ridge onto a wide grassy meadow at the village of Thyangboche, home to the most important monastery in the region, where you will find monks going about their daily lives. The views of the Everest massif, as well as the other major peaks of the area, are astounding as you continue trekking to our next permanent campsite at Deboche.
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4360m), walk approx. 6-7 hours
This morning we begin a steady ascent out of Deboche. The views of Everest, Lhotse, Kantega, Thamserku, Ama Dablam and Nuptse are spectacular throughout our walk as we gradually make our way up to Dingboche. Here, our permanent campsite is situated just beneath the impressive Ama Dablam.
Day 8: Acclimatisation day in Dingboche
Today is an important acclimatisation day as we continue to reach higher altitudes. Embark on a hike up to the ridge overlooking the village where you'll be in awe of the mountain views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Chukung Peak and Imja Tse. While mountains can be appreciated from both in the valley and from the ridge above camp, massive glaciers drape dramatically beneath the cliffs. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Dingboche and relax at the campsite.
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche (4930m), walk approx. 6 hours
Moving up the Dhugla Ridge and onto glacial moraine, we continue towards the Khumbu Glacier. Here you will notice rock cairns dedicated to the memory of climbers attempting the high mountains of the area, including Everest. As altitude increases and temperatures drop, you'll enjoy spectacular views of Pumori and Nuptse en route to the eco lodge at Lobuche.
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5288m) and Everest Base Camp (5360m), walk approx. 7-8 hours
Today's trek takes us alongside the Khumbu Glacier among some of the world's highest peaks. Following our arrival at Gorak Shep is an early lunch before continuing the trek to Everest Base Camp and experiencing the exhilaration of ascending to this historic point. Later, we return to the eco lodge at Gorak Shep for the night.
Day 11: Trek to Kala Pattar (5545m) and descend to Dingboche (4330m), walk approx. 7-8 hours
Grab your torch light and ascend Kala Pattar in the early hours of morning for breathtaking views of the mass of Everest. Many of the famous ascent routes are clear from this point as well as the Khumbu Glacier towards the icefall and Western Cwm, making this vantage point particularly beautiful. We return to the lodge for breakfast and, following the route we took several days before, begin the descent to our permanent campsite at Dingboche.
Day 12: Trek to Deboche (3770m), walk approx. 4-5 hours
Taking in the mountain vistas that surround today's open trail, we pass through Pangboche, home to one of the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu, and descend to our campsite at Deboche.
Day 13: Trek to Monjo (2850m), walk approx. 6-7 hours
It’s a pleasant walk toward Namche, passing terraced fields that are home to the brightly coloured Danphe Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal. By the late afternoon we arrive at our last permanent campsite at Monjo.
Day 14: Trek to Lukla (2800m), walk approx. 4-5 hours
Retracing our steps along the valley, we pass through a variety of settlements and forests before a gentle climb to Lukla. The final night of the trek is spent in Lukla celebrating your accomplishment as we farewell the porters who will return to their villages from here.
Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu (1330m)
This morning we make the return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu where the rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure.
Day 16: Trip ends Kathmandu
The trip concludes today after breakfast. If you're flying home, you will be transferred to the airport.