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Adventure into Everest

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

FROM $11,500 PER PERSON
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DURATION

15 days | 14 nights

DESTINATIONS

Nepal

INTERESTS

Trekking

TYPE

Intrepid

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trek the beautiful journey famous the world-over to reach the Mt. Everest Base Camp
  • Climb Kala Pattar for an unrivaled view of Everest
  • Fly one of the most beautiful trips in existence from Kathmandu into the mountain town of Lukla Sidle along the Khumbu Glacier and see the stunning Khumbu icefall

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Bridging the border of Nepal and Tibet, Mt. Everest has only lured the most adventurous of travelers to experience its mountainous beauty. Take the country trail all the way to the base camp of Mt. Everest on this Adventure into Everest 15-day itinerary. The wonders of the mountain are seen best with the naked eye. Look forward to chatting with local sherpas, spotting exotic wildlife and trekking up one of the world’s most revered and fearsome peaks.

DAY-TO-DAY

DAY 1: Kathmandu

Fly into Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, where you will be met by your guide and driven to your hotel. Relax in the afternoon before meeting your group for a short briefing on your fast-approaching trek. Spend the night in comfort at your hotel to rest up for your adventure ahead.

DAY 2: Phakding

Early this morning, fly from Kathmandu to the picturesque Lukla mountain town. The flight in is known as one of the most breathtaking flights in existence. Gaze in awe at the incredible Himalayan Range beckoning in the distance. Take a short break before beginning your trek. You will follow the northwest trail that begins at Phakding River. Upon reaching the town of Phakding, relax with a hot dinner and overnight at the camp.

DAY 3: Namche Bazaar

Take the Bhote Koshi trail into the wild. You will pass through a dense forest, pasture lands feeding local sheep and a lush valley. The valley is home to many Sherpa Settlements. Halfway through your trek, you’ll gain a stunning view of Everest and Lhotse. You will reach the thriving little town of Namche Bazaar. The town sits at nearly 1,200 feet. There’s a picturesque view of the revered mountain - Khumbila. Your trek will take about six hours. Overnight and refuel in Namche Bazaar.

DAY 4: Namche Bazaar

Relax a bit today to acclimate to your high altitude and explore Namche Bazaar, and do a bit of light trekking in the area if you wish. Travel to Khune, the small sherpa village that sits in the valley at the foot of Khumjung Khumbi Yul Lha. Pay visits to both Khumjung and Syangboche - small local villages nearby. Spend the afternoon breathing in the high altitude air and resting up in Namche Bazaar.

DAY 5: Tengboche

Begin the day by walking up to the nearby checkpoint to get the permits checked. After getting the go ahead, walk to the gargantuan prayer stone. Here the path will straighten out and you will once again gain an unrivaled view of the majestic Himalayas. Descend through the blooming rhododendron forest and keep your eyes peeled for local pheasant hiding in the undergrowth. Walk along the Imja Khla River and stop for lunch in the small town of Phunki. The town rests at nearly 1,100 feet. This afternoon, ascend towards the Tengboche Monastery. This tranquil retreat is among the most beautiful places on the planet. Delight at a stunning view of Everest’s Southwest face. This monastery is the traditional location where all who climb receive their blessing from the local monks. It’s an incredible spiritual and cultural experience, unique the world over. This is where you end your five-hour trek and rest for the evening.

DAY 6: Dingboche

Don’t blink or you may miss Nepal’s national bird - the elusive Danphe. Watch as colorful snow roosters flit up and down the mountain. Now on the wide, rounded slopes of the lower valley, you'll gently ascend to Orsho before crossing the river and end your day at the vibrant village of Dingboche. Today’s trek is around five hours long. Dinner and overnight at Dingboche in the camp.

DAY 7: Dingboche

To help adjustment to the ever-increasing altitude, you'll spend two nights at the same height. So, today is free for a morning walk up the Imja khola valley towards Chukkung to see the glittering folds of glacier visible opposite. Rest your legs and continue getting used to the fresh, high mountain air. Enjoy dinner and spend the night at the camp.

DAY 8: Lobuche

After breakfast, climb up past the chortens on the ridge above and take a gently rising path on the fell side above the main valley toward the mouth of the Khumbu glacier. Stop at Thugla for lunch then press on for a short but steep climb. From here, it’s a flat-ish couple of hours to Lobuche. Here you can fuel up with a hot dinner and catch some shut-eye after your six hours of trekking.

DAY 9: Gorakshep

Start early and trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar (5,545m) and Mt. Pumori (7,145m.) Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp, as the new camp is further up the valley. As the trail winds through a rocky path, around the Khumbu glacier, the view of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbutse appear at the front of you. Sometimes an avalanche can be seen on the way. After witnessing a great moment, you retrace your steps back passing through the Khumbu glacier with magnificent views of Lobuche, Cholatse, Mt. Pumori and Tabuche. Today's trek takes around eight hours. Dinner and overnight at Gorakshep.

DAY 10: Pheriche

Make an early morning ascent of Kala Patar (5,140m) to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar and witness the first light of day caress the peaks of the mountains, particularly Mt. Everest. Later, descend to Pheriche. You have a quick climb up to the glacier side, then start to head down to Lobuche, down again to Thugla and then the final walk down the valley to our lodge for the night at Pheriche. Your trek today is five to six hours.

DAY 11: Kyangjuma

Start with a downhill walk to Pangboche and continue further down to Deboche. From here, walk uphill to the crest of the ridge to the monastery at Tengboche. We then descend to Phunki Tenga. Re-crossing the river we have a last sustained pull back up to Kyangjuma. Your trek today is around five and a half hours.

DAY 12: Monjo

The trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steep, wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. Look out for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards and colorful pheasants as you pass through the forest. A steep descent from Namche Hill leads to the suspension bridge, crossing the Dudh Kosi river near the confluence of the Dhudh Koshi and the Bhote Koshi Rivers. You'll cross the Dudh Koshi River twice at separate locations before reaching Monjo. We are out of the Sagarmatha National Park after exiting from its official entrance near Monjo and finally reach Monjo Village. Once you reach Monjo, relax and have dinner. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home.

DAY 13: Lukla

Most of the trail today is flat, though we will have some downhill walk and brief ascents too. Today, we further enjoy a combo of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distant background Kwangde peak. As we walk through the Sherpa villages, we notice an impressive display of faith in Buddhism and cultural practices associated with it as prayer stones dot the landscape and prayer flags flap in the wind. We cross the Dhud Koshi River three times through the prayer flags strewn suspension bridges and also cross one of its tributaries, Thado Koshi once. The final ascent of about 45 minutes from Chheplung takes you to Lukla. Overnight at another Yeti Mountain Home lodge for the last night of your adventure.

DAY 14: Kathmandu

Finish your final day of walking as you cover the final distance to the Lukla Airport. Take a last glimpse of the breathtaking Himalayas. Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. Once you reach Kathmandu, enjoy sightseeing in Nepal’s largest city. See the most revered stupa in all of Nepal - the Swayambhu. You can see a great view of the city, as well as several monkeys hanging around the area. The Boudha Stupa, Narayanhiti Palace Museum and the infamous “Freak Street” are all worth a gander. Spend the evening at a hotel in the city center.

DAY 15: Departure

Pack up your belongings as your adventure ends. Reflect over your unique experience as you fly out of Kathmandu and the beautiful Nepalese countryside. 

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