Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu. Our Mountain Quests team will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Today is a free day to rest from your flight, settle in, check your gear and perhaps some last minute shopping while in the Capital for your upcoming trek. In the evening we’ll have a group briefing for the trip, where we can all meet each other and discuss the trek in detail.
Day 2: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Monjo (2840m): Flight 1/2 hour, Trek 5 hours
We finally get started on our adventure with an early morning 30 minute flight to Lukla (2840m), the gateway to the Khumbu region of Nepal and home to Mount Everest. After landing and arranging our porters for our gear and luggage, we’ll be on our way to Monjo (2840m) where we’ll spend our first night in the mountains.
Day 3: Trek from Monjo to Namche (3440m): 6 hours
From Monjo we’ll enter the Sagarmatha National Park, the gates of the Everest region. We’ll skirt along the Bhote Kosi river, crossing several suspension bridges before rising up to Namche (3440m). On our way up to Namche, we will catch our first glimpse of Everest at a hidden lookout point if the weather is clear. This starts to ramp up the excitement for the following days!
Day 4: Acclimatization Day #1 – Work on that breathing!
We’ll spend 2 nights in Namche, a beautifully well put together Sherpa town in the middle of the mountains. Considering there are no roads you’ll be shocked at what you’ll find here. We won’t ruin the surprise – it’s a sight! Today we’ll trek up to the Everest View Hotel to see the stunning panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku peaks (on a clear day). This is a taster of what’s to come and it will blow your mind! We stay an additional nights here in order to acclimatize to the thinning air, meaning the body needs time to adjust to its new oxygen poor surroundings. A pretty relaxing day to get yourself ready for the higher altitudes.
Day 5: Trek from Namche to Debuche (3710m): 6 hours
Today we trek to Debuche (3710m), a stunning little village not normally frequented by as many trekkers as other villages in the vicinity. We trek across the foothills before descending to the Imja river and then rising back up the other side to Tengboche. After having lunch in the famous German bakery at Tengboche we visit the highest monastery in the Khumbu, before walking down to Debuche for the night.
Day 6: Trek from Debuche to Dingboche(4410m): 5 hours
The first thing you’ll notice today is a distinct change in the terrain as we break through 4000m. At this altitude trees struggle to grow and are replaced by shrubs and grasslands. We trek up to Dingboche (4410m) and here you can really feel that Everest is close! The surroundings have changed, the gloves and wooly hats are needed and the mountains start to close in. Dingboche is a pretty big town and we can spend the afternoon getting some laundry done or refuel on cakes at one of the several bakeries there.
Day 7: Acclimatization Day #2 – Slow Deep Breaths!
As we have gained another big chunk of altitude, today we’ll spend the day acclimatizing in Dingboche. We’ll walk up to a lookout point, which is not an easy task, as it touches 5000m, but will really help with our acclimatization. From here we may be lucky enough to see Makalu (8463m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m) and even Cho Oyu (8201m) and Shispangma (8013m). That’s 30% of the World’s mountains over 8000m! After a quick rest andphoto session, we head back to town to relax with a good lunch and a nap or a cup of hot chocolate.
Day 8: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m): 6 hours
Things really start to change today as we head up to our next resting place, Lobuche (4910m). Up here rocks start to replace any shrubs or grass. On our way up to Lobuche we pass the famous Everest fallen climbers memorial at the Thokla pass. It’s not long after that to Lobuche, where we will stop to spend the night.
Day 9: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5180): 8 hours
Heading to Gorak Shep (5180m) from Lobuche involves a gentle ascent on rocky terrain, that traces the Khumbu glacier. We’ll head through the final village on the trek, Gorak Shep for an early lunch before trekking to base camp (5364m), where you’ll see the annual mountaineering circus. We’ll mingle with the climbers before heading back to Gorak Shep to spend the night. If you have made good time we will guide you to Everest Base Camp this afternoon, to see the famous site!
Day 10: Summit Kala Pattar (5545m), Trek to Dingboche (4410): 8 hours
This is our very own summit day! We’ll climb up to the summit of Kala Pattar (5545m) where we will see uninterrupted panoramic views of Everest and Lhotse for sunrise. This is a key highlight of the adventure and you’ll feel on top of the World! We’ll head back down to Gorak Shep for some food before descending to Dingboche (4410m).
Day 11: Trek from Dingboche back to Tengboche (3860m): 4 hours
We’ll retrace our steps back to Tengboche (3860m) and we’ll quickly feel the oxygen returning back to our lungs. In fact, because of all the acclimatization we’ve had, the air will feel rich and the body will respond well. We’ll take lunch in Pangboche before arriving at Tengboche for the night.
Day 12: Trek from Tengboche to Monjo (2840m): 5 hours
Not the easiest day, as we head down into the ravine we were previously in outside Tengboche, before climbing back up the other side to reach Namche. After this ascent though it’s generally downhill or flat all the way to Monjo, after refueling in Namche.
Day 13: Trek from Monjo to Lukla (2840m)
Our final day on the trek takes us back to Lukla where we’ll reflect on the unbelievable life-changing journey we’ve just completed. It’s time to rest before we fly back to the madness that is Kathmandu tomorrow.
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu
An early morning flight will get us back to the Capital. It’s definitely time for some rest and relaxation. We can point you in the direction of the nearest massage and in the evening you can kick back with your friends to look back on your amazing journey to and from Everest base camp.
Day 15: Spare Day in the Capital
A spare day in Kathmandu, where we can organize another city tour for you, get you out on a day’s white water rafting or just leave you to relax. A great idea to have this spare day in order to absorb any delays along the trek.
Day 16: Fly Back Home!
It’s time to leave us, but we look forward to seeing you again soon. We’ll make sure you get safe and sound to the airport on time for your returning flight home.