Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Pickup and transfer to Hotel. In Kathmandu. (BB)
Day 02: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2652m) – Guest House accommodation.
Fly to Lukla. Start trek setting off for a gentle walk to Phakding (2800m), a further 3 hours to the north. The trail leads through Lukla, past hotels, shops and airline offices to the edge of the Lukla plateau where the trail drops to meet the intersection of the Jiri trail at Chablung. From here the trail follows the Dudh Kosi north through the village of Ghat and then finally to Phakding for the overnight stay.
Day 03: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m) – Guest House accommodation.
The trail heads beside the Dudh Kosi and continues upstream along the banks to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi. After crossing the large suspension bridge, the trail starts ascending through pine tree forests to reach the distinctive horse-shoe shaped bowl village of Namche Bazar where you stop for your overnight. There are fantastic photographic opportunities on the way as the peaks of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8511m), Nuptse (7879m), Arna Dablam (6856m) and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time.
Day 04: Rest day in Namche Bazaar (3440m) – Guest House accommodation.
Rest day for acclimatization at Namche Bazaar. As the name suggest, Namche is famous for its local market or bazaar. Rising early, those who climb to the ridge above Namche will be rewarded with the stunning dawn and sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks. The day can be spent exploring this colorful village or walk along the Thami Valley in the afternoon or visit the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture, mountaineering in the park, flora and fauna.
Day 05: Trek to Thyanboche (3867m) – Guest House accommodation
Trek along a very pleasant trail under the soaring peak to Thamserku and steadily descending to the Imja river where there are a series of water driven prayer wheels. You climb steadily for about 2 hours to Thyangboche Monastery (3875m) and the views from here are magnificent. The Monastery is literally surrounded by mountains. Yaks graze on the small meadow and the monks drone through their prayers. Yes, this is one of the most beautiful spots in the world.
Day 06: Thyangboche – Dingboche (4530m) – Guest House accommodation
Trek up to the Imja river valley to Pangboche (3900m)where you stop for lunch and visit the Monastery. In the afternoon continue your trek to the summer village of Dingboche(4360m). The scenery all day is superb.
Day 07: At Dingboche – Acclimatization day – Guest House accommodation
Another rest and acclimatization day at DINGBOCHE. This rest and acclimatization day should give you an excellent chance of ascending Kalapattar, the Base Camp of the Everest. From Dingboche there are a number of interesting excursions. You can walk to Chukkung (4700m), to the glaciers flowing off Nuptse and Lhotse and return Dingboche for overnight stay.
Day 08: Dingboche – Lobuche (4930m) – Guest House accommodation
Trek further up a small ridge and then contour around the base of the Khumbu glacier and have a light lunch at Dhugla(4600m). From here you trek a short steep climb to the terminal moraine of the glacier from where the views are stunning. Overnight stay at Laubuche (4930m).
Day 09: Lobuche – Kala Patthar (5545m) – Gorakshep. Guest House accommodation
Today you climb Kalapattar (5545m). The actual distance is not so far but you take it very slowly to compensate for the altitude stopping at Gorakhshep (5288m) for a light lunch. You then take the climb to Kala Pathar (5545m) from where you can see the Everest Base Camp is just down. This is a hard pull but the view from top surpasses anything you can imagine. All around us flow huge glacier ice. The mountains of PUMORI (7145m), LINGTREN (6697m) and Khumbutse (6623m) separate you from Tibet, and just over the Lho La pass. You see the huge rock of Changtse (7550m) in Tibet itself. But the queen of them all - Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest 8848m) towers over everyone. You return to Gorakshep for overnight stay.
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base camp (5360m)- return to Chhukung (4730m)
About two and half hours of up and down trek on the glacial moraines extended from Khumbu Icefall is an adventurous roller coaster trek to Everest Base camp. Going down to the glacier crossing half of it all the way to Everest Base Camp is amazing fun walking. At Base camp you witness the colorful tents of expedition parties. Take enough photographs and feel the world's highest summit from the nearest proximity possible. You walk up for 15 minutes and take a smooth way till to Dingboche for lunch. Then another 2 hours to reach Chhukung.
Day 11: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5150m), then on to High Camp - camp
From Chhukung the trail follows the moraine of the Lhotse glacier to the snout of the Imja glacier where it branches to the east and skirts around the base of Island Peak. The main camp is made at a spot known as Pareshaya Gyab at 5087m. After taking lunch and resting we continue up to our high camp, a further hour or so up the mountain. The trail is well defined until the area of our high camp at approx. 5500m.
Day 12: At Chhukkung – climbing practicing day - camp
Day 13: Ascent of Island Peak (6189m) and return to Base Camp - Camp
Set off early for the summit at about 3.00 am, and scramble up in the dark to the snow-covered glacier above. From here the trail leads up the glacier until a broad snow basin which leads up to the final section of the climb. Ahead is the main summit ridge and we climb a steep snow and ice slope, using fixed ropes, for approx. 100m to access the ridge. The ridge is a classic and leads quickly to the east up to the main summit at 6189m. From the summit there are fantastic views across to Lhotse to the north, the Amphu Labsta and Mera Peak to the south, and Ama Dablam to the west. Return back to the Base Camp.
Day 14: Island Peak Base Camp to Dingboche – Guest House accommodation.
The trail leads back down the Imja valley, firstly to Chhukung and on to Dingboche for the overnight stay.
Day 15: Dingboche to Namche Bazaar – Guest House accommodation.
From Dingboche the trail heads down the main Everest trail, passing through the settlement of Pangboche, before reaching the famous Tengboche monastery. Visit the monastery before continuing on to Namche Bazaar. From Tengboche the trail drops steeply to the river at Phunki Thanga, and then rises again to traverse high above the river on a winding trail into Namche Bazaar.
Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Lukla – Guest House accommodation.
The trail starts by descending steeply out of Namche and shortly before we cross the suspension bridge below Namche we get a last chance to see Everest before it is out of sight until the next time. Lunch at Phakding to arrive in Lukla by mid-afternoon.
Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu.
Day 18: Free Day in Kathmandu
Day 19: Transfer to airport. Depart Kathmandu
Note: The schedule stops as shown above are a guideline only. It may change due to logistic reason and other condition like weather, etc. that are beyond our control. Flight to remote mountain airstrip like Lukla is subject to weather and technical condition. All flights are in early morning. In winter the thick fog in Kathmandu airport in the morning may delay flight to and from Lukla. Trek to Everest base camp is a popular trek. There are several good quality lodge accommodations on the trail. Two nights before and three nights after the trek in Kathmandu is suggested to allow for flight delay to and from Lukla