01Day 01Arrive in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. Briefing for the trek and transfer to Mulkot.

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.

Early this morning, you'll be picked up and transferred to the airport for your short flight to Lukla. The flight to Lukla is an experience all it's own because the airfield is on a slope and the length of the runway is only 197 feet!

Meet with the rest of your crew. While you have lunch, your crew will load your gear onto the animals or prepare it for a team of porters. Following lunch, trek for approximately five hours along the Dudh Kosi river to the village of Monjo, passing the stone walls of Lomdzo, the prayer wheels of Nurning, and the painted mani stone near Chhuthawa. As we get closer to Monjo, we'll pass further into the unique magnolia and rhododendron forests of the Khumbu region.

Upon arrival into Monjo, you will check into the Everest Summit Lodge. The lodge overlooks the village and affords scenic views of the forested Dudh Koshi valley. Thamserku Himal (6608 meters) rises high into the sky behind the hotel, serving as an idyllic backdrop. All 20 rooms feature private bath with hot/cold water, with the lodge facilities encompassing a bar, restaurant, and reading room with Japanese massage and laundry on offer.
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The trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Jorsale, where you officially enter the Sagarmatha National Park. There is an entrance station just beyond the village where trekking permits are checked, and National Park fees are collected. Continue along the trail, passing through and around rhododendron forests, which are in wildly colorful bloom from the end of March through early June.

You will cross the Bhote Kosi River and begin a steep section up to Namche Bazaar, the administrative center of the Sagarmatha National Park and the hub of Sherpa society. On a clear day, Namche Bazaar is often the first place along the trek that our trekkers get their first, prized views of Everest.

Namche is the final place on the way up to get last minute essentials such as trekking gear, and it also has internet cafes and a bank. Here you will stay at a classic guesthouse, with each room featuring private bath and hot/cold shower.
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Today is an acclimatization day; we will go up to the Sagarmatha National Park headquarter for views of Everest and surrounding peaks. We go up a steep hill for about 90 minutes till we reach Syangboche airstrip. We will continue towards Khumjung, walking through sparse pine forest, a yak farm to a small pass before hiking down to Khumjung. This part of the hike usually takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes. We will visit the High school built by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1961. We stop for lunch at Khumjung at the lodge owned by Phurba - the main character of Sherpa - the documentary. He is the second person to have climbed Everest 21 times and holds a world record of more than 35 summits above 8000 meters. The fields on the way to Kyangjuma is a favorite feeding ground for our National Bird, The Danfe Monal (Impeyan Pheasant). It is a relatively easy hike to Tashinga. We will stay at Everest Summit Lodge.

This 20 room lodge, each with en-suite facilities, is situated among pine forests overlooking the Dudh Koshi valley with stunning views of high Himalayan peaks like the Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Taboche Peak and the Khumbila, which is the reputed spiritual dwelling place of the patron demigod of the Khumbu. From here, one can make a day trip up to Mong Hill or just relax in the superb surroundings.
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Today we trek to Pangboche, an approximately 5-hour trek. Here we will check in and overnight at the local Everest Summit Lodge, which holds just ten rooms, each with private bath.

Pangboche is at the proverbial door of Ama Dablam (6856 meters), who some consider among the most beautiful mountains in the Himalayas. With Everest to the north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imjatse river tumbling down the valley, the property is situated among the most fabulous scenic points of the entire trek.
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We will continue to a ridge at an altitude of 5000m - perfect for acclimatization while enjoying an off-the-beaten-track, which is taken only by mountaineers. We start by going down to the Dudh Koshi river and start climbing for about 3 and a half hours to reach Amadablam Base Camp. Amadablam is the most beautiful peak in the Everest region. This gives us an advantage over other trekkers as we have gone above 4500 meters for acclimatization.
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Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche, with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time, so we avoid getting affected by the altitude. We continue to Nagardzong for acclimatization, come down for lunch. Here we stay with a family owned lodge with attached toilet and bathroom.
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Today, the trail continues 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 as we are heading to the altitude of 4,910m / 16,018ft at Lobuche, which is just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude.

We stay at New EBC guest house; these are the best available lodges here. They don’t have attached bathroom and toilets here as the cold breaks the pipes when the water in them freezes. They do have the Western-style toilet that is to be shared by the guests.

Early this morning, trek to Everest Base Camp (5364 meters), then descend back to the Sherpa village of Gorakshep (5140 meters). This hike will take approximately 8 hours.

Best Lodge is the Everest Inn. They don’t have attached toilets here, but the beds here have the luxury of electric blankets. It will warm the bed for a few hours as they don’t have electricity, they use a generator for power.
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This morning we will ascend famed Kala Patthar (5550 meters) for a gorgeous bird's eye view of Everest. After enjoying the unforgettable sight of Everest ever so close, we begin our return to Lukla, with our first stop on the way being Pheriche or Dingboche.
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  • Best available lodge.

We continue our descent, stopping for the night in Tashinga and the lovely Everest Summit Lodge there. Expect about a 5-hour hike today.
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Today we continue our trek downwards to Monjo (about 5 hours of walking) where we'll overnight at the Everest Summit Lodge.
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Our last day of trekking. Trek to Lukla (approximately 4 hours) and overnight at the Everest Summit Lodge in Lukla.
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Transfer to the airstrip. Fly from Lukla toManthali, drive back to Kathmandu for 4 hours, and transfer to Hotel Yak and Yeti. This afternoon is free to relax or explore Kathmandu as you wish.
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