Day 01 Fly Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2652m)
Early transfer from hotel to domestic airport to board Lukla flight. Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m). This flight provides a magnificent entree to the trek. Upon arrival set up your baggages and start your first day trek. It is an easy walk through several villages to Phakding, where you will have your lunch/dinner and overnight stay.
Day 02 Phakding – Namche Bazar (3440m)
After breakfast we follow the Dudh Kosi for about 2 hours and then climb slowly up a steep trail to Namche. As we climb, we enjoy our first views of Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7879m) and Lhotse (8383m) - the big three. We camp in the heart of Namche Village.
Day 03 At Namche for Acclimatization (3440m)
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar. We enjoy a rest day here to allow for maximum acclimatization on our way to Everest Base Camp. A pleasant day can be spent exploring the village, talking to the Sherpas and simply enjoying and marveling at the incredible scenery.
Day 04 Namche Bazar – Thyangboche (3867m)
Today we walk along a very pleasant trail under the soaring peak of Thamserku and steadily descend to the Imja river where there are a series of water driven prayer wheels. We 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. Surely, this is one of the most beautiful spots in the world.
Day 05 Thyangboche – Dingboche (4530m)
We move up the Imja river valley to Pangboche (3900m). We stop here for lunch and visit the Monastery and look at the 'Yeti Sculpt'. In the afternoon we continue on to the summer village of Dingboiche (4360m). The scenery all day is superb.
Day 06 At Dingboche – Acclimatization day
Another rest and acclimatization day at Dingboche. This rest and acclimatization day should give you an excellent chance of ascending Kala Pathar, the Base Camp of Everest. From this yak herders' village, there are a number of interesting excursions. A 2 hours walk to the huts at Chukung (4700m) will take you to the glaciers flowing off Nuptse and Lhostse. Overnight halt at the foot of Amadablam.
Day 07 Dingboche – Lobuche (4930m)
We walk up a small ridge and then contour around the base of the Khumbu Glacier and have a light lunch at Dhungla (4600m). From here we have a short steep climb from where the views are stunning. Overnight stay at the foot of the Lobuje Ice Fall (4930m).
Day 08 Lobuche – Kala Patthar (5545m) OR Everest Base Camp – Lobuje (4930m)
Today, we climb Kala Pathar. The actual distance is not so far but we take it very slowly to compensate for the altitude stopping at Gorekh Shep (5288m) for a light lunch. We then take the climb to Kala Pathar (5545m) from where one can see the Everest Base Camp just below. This is a hard pull but the view from the top surpasses anything you can imagine. All around us flow huge glacier ice. The mountains of Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m) and Khumbutse (6623m) separate us from Tibet, and just over the Lho La pass we see the huge rock of Changtse (7550m) in Tibet itself. But the queen of them all - Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) towers over everyone. This is the Roof of the World. We return to Lobuje for overnight stay.
Day 09 Lobuje – Thyanboche (3867m)
We retrace our steps along the glacier to Pheriche (4260m) and stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we take the lower trail to Pangboche and Thyangboche.
Day 10 Thyanboche – Khumjung (3790m)
Descending to Imja river we climb to Khumjung for lunch. Excellent views all day and overnight at Khumjung (3779m).
Day 11 Khumjung – Phakding (2652m)
Descending, pass through Namche Bazaar passing under the towering Kongde ridge (6186m) and follow the Dudh Koshi to Phakding.
Day 12 Phakding – Lukla (2800m)
Trek back to Lukla and overnight there.
Day 13 Fly Lukla – Kathmandu
After early breakfast at lodge fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.