Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Freedom Adventures’ representative will greet you. You will be dropped off at the hotel, and after checking in, you could walk around Thamel, a popular tourist hub in Kathmandu. Observing the market and some souvenir shopping will freshen your mind. Dinner at an excellent restaurant will give you a taste of Nepali cuisine. Your trek guide will brief you about the trip and the next day’s sightseeing trip. Overnight at Kathmandu.
After a lovely breakfast in the morning, we start guided sightseeing tour to some most historical and spiritual attraction in Kathmandu. We will be visiting some landmarks which are considered as World Heritage Sites. This Sightseeing will be fully informative and historical. We start our day from Pashupatinath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu temples, followed by Bouddanath, the ancient Buddhist Stupa is one of the largest in the world. Following our day to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, is the plaza in front of the royal place of old Bhaktapur. In the afternoon we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and explore the old royal place complex which was built on the 14th century. After we finish sightseeing we follow the local market called Ason, crossing the busy local area we reach our hotel at Thamel. Overnight at Kathmandu.
This is your first day of trekking in Nepal after a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport in the Everest region. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding along the Dudh Kosi River and spend the night in the village. There are some monasteries in the vicinity that are worth a visit. Overnight in Phakding.
Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge with wonderful viewpoint of the gleaming Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Namche Bazaar crisscrosses over the river in route to Jorsale, the trek’s halfway point. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. Later in the day, finish with a challenging uphill climb to Namche Bazaar. Enjoy the first glimpse of Everest. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
We adjust with walk up to the Everest view point, exploring the local markets, mingle with the people. Overnight at Namche.
Today you pass by popular and often used path to take the ancient Tibet trade route which is still in use, mostly by the Tibetan nomad traders. You’ll have seen them with their products in Namche’s open market, crossing over to the Nepal side by the way of Nangpa – La pass. A gradual ascent which has the whitewater of the Bhote Koshi on the left while the centuries old trail negotiates rocky outcrops and takes us through forests of fir and juniper. Overnight at Thame.
If you’re oozing energy and crave for more spectacular views, you can take a hike with us to Thame Monastery (3928m) which takes about an hour to reach. Overnight at Thame.
The walk is quite easy as the altitude is gained gradually with no steep sections to speak of along the way. The scenery is quite different from anything we’ll have seen so far. The trail goes above the tree line and the landscape is one of vast expanses of dry barren land with distant white peaks on the horizon, it is almost desert-like. Lumdeng is just a group of lodges, not a true village but it is a convenient base to climb the Renjo La pass. For all your effort, you’ll be rewarded with grandstand views of Rolwaling and Kwangde. The facilities when we reach Lumdeng are a bare minimum- at last counts just 2 teahouses. Overnight at Lumdeng.
The day starts in anticipation of the first major challenge of your trip. Renjo La is the high pass that connects the Thame and Gokyo valleys and it certainly offers some of the best views in the Everest area.The trail immediately rise steeply which will be the norm for the day until you’re over the great pass. The trek to the base of the pass will take about 3 hrs, including an hour climbing up the steps. The gradient further increases as the hour-long climb leads right up to the top (5360m). The panoramic views west to the mountains of Rolwaling Himal and the Tibetan border and east to the entire Everest range; Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Baruntse among many and with the Gokyo Lakes in the valley far below. Descending track drops very steeply for about 10 mins but over the next 3 hrs, continues to ease until you reach your destination for the day. Overnight at Gokyo.
up early morning to hike up Gokyo ri (5483m) for 360 views including Everest and Makalu. Late morning back to Gokyo and explore for fifth lake and Nagjumba Glacier than back to Gokyo over night. The place offers an astonishing panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee. This small peak is sometimes called Kala Patthar, which is entirely different from Kala Patthar above Gorakshep. Overnight at Gokyo.
Today is a challenging trip of the day across Cho La to the Khumbu valley in the Everest region. Just about halfway between the first and second lakes, a trail leads across the moraine to the east, past the steep pass. This involves a glacier crossing on the eastern side before finally reaching Thangna, a small hamlet of houses where we make a night stop and prepare ourselves for crossing Cho La tomorrow. Overnight at Thangna.
We wake earlier than usual to prepare for the challenging trek across Cho La with pack lunch along the up hill and turn east with boulders and steep climbing up to pass. Besides the moraine trail we may come across ice falls, if there’s been enough snowfall in the region. The trail, which comprised of moraine and rock towards Cho La (5340m/17515ft) is steep and often snow-covered in the upper part. The descent from the pass to Dzongla is quite straightforward. Overnight at Dzongla.
Walk down southeast and turn to east north. From the trek Pheriche and Dhugla visible way south right hand side and good views of mountains surrounds. Walking along the Khumbu valley to Lobuche where stone houses sit in an icy wilderness of stunning beauty. Once in Lobuche, we get a sense of being close to the ultimate goal. Overnight at Lobuche.
|Day 14||Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5140m/16,371ft) via Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,598ft) - 8hrs|
Walking in the Khumbu valley alongside of Khumbu Glacier and after Ghorakshep walking along the glacier or some time on glacier too. Today we’ll spend the whole day trekking to the Base Camp and then back to Gorakshep alongside of Khumbu Glacier. We’ll be standing at the base of the tallest mountain on Earth and shall see the infamous Khumbu icefall. Reaching Base Camp fills one with a real sense of achievement as we’ve done what we set out to do hard catching breathes and spends some time at EBC then descend back to Gorakshep for the overnight rest. Overnight at Gorakshep.
Wake up early morning and walk up to Kala Patthar for the sunrise over Everest, Nupse, Lohtse, Pumori just above and Khumbutse and beautiful views of Khumbu Glacier. It’s an overwhelming feeling to reach Kala Patthar. The views are amazing and Everest is magnificent. We continue our descent to the sandy flat expanse of Gorakshep, and back to the lodge and onwards to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
We start day walking along Khumbu Glacier towards east. We reach a river along which the trail leads up to the Kongma La Pass (5535m/18160ft), highest pass of the trip. After crossing the pass we descend to Chhukhung valley. Overnight at Chhukhung.
Leaving behind 360 views of high Himalayan ranges slow down to Dingboche and climb to Tengboche monastery one of the world Heritage site can be visit for self-purification. The original Gompa was built in 1916 but was destroyed by an earthquake in 1934. Disaster struck again, as the replacement building was burnt to the ground in 1989. The new monastery was finished in 1994 and has a library and cultural center plus a school, which educates about 30 young monks. This Gompa in part of Nyingmapa or red Hat sect. Overnight at Tengboche.
After seeing the magnificent view from Tengboche, you will descent down to Phunke Tenga, and another few hours to Namche. Overnight at Namche.
After having a good night at Namche we descend to Lukla. On the way to we will cover the forest of rhododendron and pine. After walking a while we reach a Sherpa village to say good bye and thank you to the local team staff. On undulating terrain, we finely arrive at Lukla. Overnight at Lukla.
Today will be our last day at Khumbu region as we fly back to Kathmandu after our mountain journey. Back in Kathmandu, you can spend some leisure time reflecting on the trek and doing last-minute shopping in Thamel. We meet up for dinner in the evening and celebrate successful completion of our trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.