Currently the flight to Lukla and back takes place from Manthali which is 140km away from Kathmandu. it takes 4 hours to get there on the winding roads. For the first day of joining the tour, you need to arrive in Kathmandu by midday as you will be received at the airport, driven to Mulkot to stay overnight. The drive from Mulkot to the airport is one hour. This saves having to leave Kathmandu at around 2 am to catch the early morning flight. This has been done to avoid the delays caused by foggy weather at Kathmandu airport.
An early start for the flight to the Hilary airstrip at Lukla. After lunch. We begin trekking, mostly downhill to our first overnight halt at Phakding (2650m). Overnight at Buddha Lodge. 3 hours trek.
We continue north following the Dudh Kosi River and on to Monjo and Jorsale where we enter the Mt. Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park where we stop for lunch here. It is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the ImjaDrangpa (ImjaKhola) and the NangpoTsangpo (Bhote Kosi) followed by a steep climb (around 2 hrs.) to Namche Bazaar, the main village in the Khumbu. Halfway up the hill, if the weather is clear, we get our first views of Everest and Lhotse. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa village and an important trading center with a weekly Saturday market; fresh foodstuffs are brought up from lower villages to be bought by the Sherpas. (5 hours walking). Overnight lodge.
A rest day at Namche for acclimatization. There is the option of a day hike to the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Kunde for views of Everest, Lhotse, and AmaDablam. Overnight at The Nest - Namche.
We have a long descent today. The trail is perfect although steep in places, so we make a leisurely pace reaching Phakding after approximately 5 hours of walking. Overnight at Buddha Lodge - Phakding.
Our final morning's walk will take around 3 hours as we climb back up to the Lukla ridge. Here we check in for the return flight to Kathmandu. Arriving in Kathmandu around mid-day or early afternoon we check into the hotel. The rest of the day is free for relaxing or souvenir buying. Overnight LuklaNumbur Hotel.
Flight to Kathmandu. Hotel Holy Himalaya.