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 expedition. In the evening we’ll have a group briefing for the trip, where we can all meet each other and discuss the trip 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
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. If the weather is good you will see the tip of Everest in the distance.
DAY 7 - Acclimatization Day
As we have gained another big chunk of altitude, today we’ll spend the day acclimatizing in and around 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 and photo 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 village (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. There is a more exciting part to today though. As we leave Dingboche and enter the valley of Pheriche we will get our first unobstructed view of Lobuche. It will bring the goal of the expedition sharply into focus.
DAY 9 - Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m) (4 hours)
Heading to Gorak Shep (5180m) from Lobuche involves a gentle ascent on rocky terrain, that traces the Khumbu glacier. We’ll reach the highest village on the trek in time for lunch, where we can either spend the afternoon relaxing, or keep going after some food to check out Everest Base Camp (5 hour round trip). Either way we'll sleep at Gorak Shep tonight.
DAY 10 - Summit Kala Patthar (5,545m), and back to Lobuche village
We'll get up before sunrise today to trek to the top of Kala Patthar. Not only will this aid our acclimatisation, but we will get to watch the sun rise over Everest - a very special moment. After watching the sunrise we'll go back to Gorak Shep for breakfast, before trekking back to Lobuche village to spend the night.
DAY 11 - Trek to Lobuche Base Camp (4200m) 3-4 hours
Today we’ll take our time to reach base camp, descending a little and letting our lungs have a break. The afternoon in base camp will give us time to organise our climbing gear, eat and drink and generally relax. We’ll go through the skills required to climb Lobuche and will be briefed on our roles as climbers, what we need to carry, how to use fixed ropes, crampons and ice axes and how we should listen to our guides.
DAY 12 - Spare Day if the group is tired
If the group needs a rest, we’ll spend today relaxing at base camp and giving our legs and lungs a rest. If the group feels good we’ll head up to high camp (details to follow below)
DAY 13 - Make high camp: 5 hours (5,400m)
Today we’ll move up to high camp. It will take us about 5 hours, moving over rock and possibly snow until we reach a small expanse of snow or rock (depending on snow conditions). A stunning blue lake is set just below us. We’ll be sharing our tents in the same format as base camp and will get an early night for tomorrow’s summit push.
DAY 14 – Our summit push to Lobuche East (6,119m)
We’ll wake around 1am, and set off after some food at around 2 am in order to attempt a sunrise summit! We’ll be climbing the South-east ridge, which is a reasonably steep snow and ice slope that will take us up to a flattening plateau at around 6,000m. Fixed ropes will be used on sections that will require it. At the plateau we’ll traverse to a ridge, more exposed than before, which will take us all the way to the summit slopes. After about 5 or 6 hours of climbing, we’ll reach the false summit of Lobuche East, and we’ll climb steadily alone the summit ridge until we reach the true eastern summit (6,119m). The main (Western) summit is just in the distance, but requires technical skill on a knife edge ridge that is beyond the scope of novice climbers. From the top we will be able to see Ama Dablam , Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, and Cho Oyu amongst many others! We’ll head back the way we came, all the way to base camp, where we’ll celebrate our summit and have a well-earned rest. Today will take between 12-15 hours.
DAY 15 – Trek to Pangboche
You'll be forgiven for having a slow day today. The reality of what you have achieved will start to sink in and the trip will feel like it's over. But of course it's not. After breakfast our camp team will break up the tents and we will trek down to Pangboche. We are take our time today, enjoying the sights and sounds of the Khumbu Valley, getting to Pangboche for lunch. The rest of the day is to relax and start to recover from the trip we've had.
DAY 16 - Trek to Namche
Today we'll retrace our steps back Namche, where should the mood take you, you can really let your hair down in one of the cafes or bars. There's also the chance of a massage should the mood take you.
DAY 17 - Trek to Lukla
Our final trekking day will see us back where it all began in Lukla. It's a long day, but by the end of it the expedition is over. We'll stay in a tea house in Lukla before catching our flight early tomorrow morning
DAY 18 – Fly to Kathmandu and celebrate properly!
An early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu will get us into the city with the rest of the day at our disposal to kick back and relax and to get the much needed showers we’ve been dreaming of for the previous days! We can go sightseeing or shopping or just hang out in a cafe or a bar. The choice is yours.
DAY 19 - Spare day in Kathmandu
We have built this day into the itinerary in case of bad weather, either on the climb or at Lukla, potentially delaying flights back to Kathmandu.
DAY 20 – Fly Back Home!
Today we’ll relax in the Capital, sightseeing and looking back at what we have achieved together, with new friends made and memories indelibly marked in our minds. 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.