The trek commences with an early flight from Kathmandu to the Lukla in the heart of the Khumbu Region, the rest of the day is an easy one of around three hours to our first overnight at Phakding. We head north initially up the Dudh Kosi valley to Namche Bazaar; the major trading hub of the region. From Namche the trail follows the Imja Khola, on route there are some spectacular views of the Khumbu Himal, Thamserku and Kantega with Amadablam in the distance, dominating the skyline ahead are Everest and Lhotse. The trail ascends, climbing gradually up the Imja Khola eventually emerging above the tree line before Dingboche. Dingboche to Kalapatthar takes a further two days via the Everest glacier for a truly “hands on” experience of Mt. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse which tower above. A further five days are taken retracing to Lukla and the flight back to Kathmandu. An attainable trek for anyone who is reasonably fit with the itinerary set to minimize any affects of altitude.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu – transfer hotel – tour briefing Day 02: A full day Kathmandu sightseeing Day 03: Flight to Lukla – trek Phakding (2652 m.) Day 04: Phakding / Namche Bazaar (3446 m.) Day 05: Namche Bazaar rest Day 06: Namche Bazaar / Thyengboche (3867 m.) Day 07: Thyengboche / Dingboche (4343 m.) Day 08: Acclimatization trek to Chhukung Ri Day 09: Dingboche / Lobuche (4930 m.) Day 10: Lobuche / Kalapatthar (5545 m.) Gorak Shep Day 11: Gorak Shep / Everest Base Camp / Lobuche (4930 m.) Day 12: Lobuche / Dingboche (4343 m.) Day 13: Dingboche / Namche Bazaar Day 14: Namche / Phakding Day 15: Phakding / Lukla Day 16: Flight Lukla to Kathmandu Day 17: At leisure Day 18: Transfer airport – flight to onward destination
Janga organised an awesome trip to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar for us, and even included a side trip to Thame so we could explore more of the region. Janga's knowledge of trekking in Nepal is brilliant, and you won't find a better guide!!