You will be met at the airport by Freedom Adventures representative and escorted to the hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.rnrn rnrnAfter the pre-trip meeting and a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:45am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is The Lion gate, The Golden gate, The Palace of fifty five windows, Art Galleries, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.rnrn rnrnThe rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Later, you will be supplied with our Trek Pack and departure information for the next day. Overnight at Kathmandu.
An early morning start takes us to Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the thirty-five minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla (2804m). Upon arrival at the airport, a guide will brief us and introduce the porters before we begin the three hour trek to Phakding (2610m).rnrn rnrnAfter landing we have time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load the trekking equipment. We begin the trek by descending toward the Dudh Kosi River, where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy, and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), Phakding is just a short walk away. Overnight at Phakding.
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. After five and a half hours total, we reach Namche. Namche Bazaar (3441m), known as the “Gateway to Everest,” is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange, internet cafe and a bakery. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail. Overnight at Namche.
A day will be spent in Namche in order to adjust to the high altitude. We’ll go on a short trek to a museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We will also hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point can be seen rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at guesthouse.
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi, with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860 meters today. After five hours we’ll reach Tengboche, where the local monastery can be seen. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a twenty foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony in either the evening or morning, depending on how the day’s trekking progressed. Overnight at Tengboche.
From Thyangboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues for six hours, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche, with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We’ll set a leisurely pace to adjust to the altitude (4350m). Overnight at Dingboche.
Today is another day for acclimatization. We’ll have trip to Chhukung valley (4710m) via the Imja Khola valley, to see the marvelous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse’s massive south wall. Then we’ll return to Dingboche in the evening. Overnight at Dingboche.
The trail continues for five hours today, along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb, heading to Lobouche (4910m) – just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobouche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. Overnight at Lobuche.
|Day 10||Trek from Lobuce to Gorakshep (5164m/16942ft), trek to Everest Base Camp (5380m/17600ft) - 6hrs|
After an early morning start leaving Lobouche, we head up to Everest Base camp (5365m). From here you’ll have an unobstructed view of many mountain giants, including Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, and Lhotse looming directly ahead and on all sides. Then we’ll return to Ghorakshep (5180m) at noon, having completed a seven hour trek. Overnight at Gorakshep.
After reaching the Everest base, our aim today is to trek Kalapattar (5555m). We start out early to reach a point that offers one of Nepal’s best panoramas of Mount Everest and the surrounding mountains. We then descend back to Lobouche (4930m), a roundtrip of six hours. Overnight at Lobuche.
Today holds a five hour trek to the Lobouche base camp. The first half of the journey is over flat terrain, but the second half of the path begins a steep ascent to the Lobouche base camp (4950m). The path is quite rocky and it moves along the bank of Lobouche Glacier. While trekking, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Cholatse, Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokalde, Thamserku, Kantega, and many more. Faccor the next two days our accommodation will be this tented camp, food provided by our professional chef. Overnight in Tented Camp at Lobuche Base Camp.
Today is our main adventure day; weather permitting, early in the morning we’ll begin the climb up Lobouche peak (6119m). The hike takes about ten hours. At the summit we’ll behold panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Tawache, Cholatse, Pumori, Changri, and more. After a trip to the top, we safely make our way down then same day, returning to the Base Camp. Overnight in Tented Camp at Lobuche Base Camp.
After reaching the Lobouche peak, we then descend to Pangboche, (4000m), a six hour trek. Overnight at Pangboche.
Leaving the mountains behind, our descent takes us back through Tengboche Monastery (3860m) before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar (3441m). We arrive back at Namche Bazaar in the afternoon, a six hour trek. Overnight at Namche.
We trek another six hours to Lukla (3404m), where the trek began. There will be time to reflect on the expedition as a group and the personal achievements of all who participated. Overnight at Lukla.
On the scenic thirty-five minute flight back to Kathmandu, you’ll enjoy a last glimpse of the mountains you have recently climbed. Upon arrival in Kathmandu we’ll be met and transferred back to our initial hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu.
There’s much to see and do in Kathmandu and the surrounding areas, including Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight. This is also a spare day in the event of bad weather in Lukla.