Please note that the total cost is £1100
Please note that this expedition is 19 days long and our RTN date will fall on the 13th June 2014.
Day 1 Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel.After your arrival in Kathmandu our representatives at the airport will transfer you to your hotel and help you in checking in.
Day 2 Wander the picturesque alleys of Patan, before climbing the sacred steps to Swayambhunath. In evening with a cultural dance and traditional Nepali dinner at an organic, fine-dining Nepalese restaurant
Day 3 Flight to Lukla (2,840m) and Trek to Phakding. O/N in Phakding (2,652m).
The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is 40 minutes of pure mountain experience until we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. Our trek begins in Lukla as we descend towards the Dudh Kodhi River before following the trail leading to Namche Bazaar.
Day 4 Phakding to Namche Bazaar. O/N in Namche Bazaar (3,446m).
The trek to Namche Bazar is a steep climb through forests of rhododendron around the Sagarmatha National Park. After crossing several suspension bridges and four hours of walking we reach the Sherpa market of Namche Bazaar.
Day 5 Rest day in Namche Bazaar. O/N in Namche Bazaar (3,446m).
Two days of rest in Namche Bazaar helps us in acclimatisation and prepares us for our journey ahead. Namche, the trading capital of the Khumbu region was once the trading grounds of Tibetan Salt. Even today we can see Tibetans selling rugs, clothing, salt and dried meat in the region. Namche is believed to be one of the best places on earth to see the sun rise and set.
Day 6 Namche Bazaar to Dole. O/N in Dole (4,084m).
On the journey from Namche Bazaar to Dole we get to see plenty of rhodendrons, pheasants mountain goats and musk deers. The uphill trail to Dole consists of long granite staircases built into cliffs. A panoramic view of several peaks, especially Ama Dablam is the main highlight of the day.
Day 7 Dole to Machhermo. O/N in Machhermo. (4,465m)
The trail climbs via Lhabarma (4,220m) to Luza (4360m) from Dole. The trail is steep sometimes and leads us to Machhermo after a climb along the side of the valley high above the river. The first Yeti sightings in the Khumbu region was reported in Machhermo in 1974.
Day 8 Machhermo to Gokyo. O/N in Gokyo (4,791m).
The Cho Oyu (8,1513) peak is best seen from Machhermo and the valley of Kantega below. The trail passes through Pangram (4,390m) and past the Ngozumpa and Longponga glaciers before we finally reach Gokyo at 4,750m.
Day 9 Rest day in Gokyo (4,791m).
Gokyo is a small village at the foot of the magnificent Gokyo Ri, a 3 hour ascent from it’s base. The view from the top of this small snow covered hill is breathtaking and captures a stunning Everest between the Changtse and Nuptse.
Day 10 Trek to Thangna (4,650m).
After spending some time around Gokyo Ri in the morning, we head back to Thangna after a hearty breakfast. We cross the Ngozumpa glacier on our way.
Day 11 Trek to Chola pass (5,368m) and overnight in Jongla.
Today we trek to Chola Pass (5,420m) which is a comparatively difficult climb due to steep slopes and glacial traverses. We stay for the night in Jongla.
Day 12 Trek to Lobuche (4,930m).
Lobuche is a pleasant walk from Jongla and offers superb views of the Everest, Kala Pathar and Pumori peaks.
Trek to Gorak Shep (5,165m). Optional Kala Pathar (5,545m) ascent 2 hours. Gorak Shep, is the Base Camp of the historical 1953’ Everest Expedition . We also have the option of climbing the famous Kala Pathar peak (5,545m) in the evening.
Day 13 Trek to Kala Pathar and overnight stay Gorak Shep (5,165m)
Another day around the Everest Base Camp and the Kala Pathar.
Day 14 Trek back to Pheriche (4,240m)
From Gorak Shep we return to Lobuche and continue heading down the Khumbu valley until we reach Pheriche. Near the Khumbu glacier we come across memorials for climbers who died while attempting to conquer Mount Everest.
Day 15 Trek back to Tengboche (3,867m)
Once again we follow the Everest trail through Pengboche and reach the Tengboche monastery.
Day 16 Trek back to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
The trail now descends to Namche Bazaar which offers superb views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peaks. We stay overnight at Namche, a perfect place to celebrate the success of our two week trek.
Day 17 Namche Bazaar to Lukla. O/N in Lukla (2,827m).
On our way back, we cross suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, make our way through steep descends and walk past numerous tea houses before finally arriving at Lukla.
Day 18 Lukla-Kathmandu our flight to Kathmandu marks the end of our journey. We will be arriving early morning Spend the afternoon sightseeing Kathmandu, the City of Glory, followed by a visit to the Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath.
Day 19 Departure from Kathmandu
What Is Included
All airport/hotel transfers
2 nights in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Ganesh Himal ) with breakfast
During the trekking standard guest house/lodges in mountain
Welcome and farewell dinner
All accommodation and meals during the trek
A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
What Is Not Included
Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
International airfare to and from Kathmandu
Excess baggage charges
Extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case you return early from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
Tips for guides and porters
Kevin Gordon will be leading this expedition he brings a wealth of field knowledge and has been in every situation you can think of, we like him because he is a great team player and great at getting everyone motivated and also likes to crack a joke or two.