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Everest Exotic Short Trek Adventure

Day To Day Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (Altitude 1400m/4593ft). Transfer to hotel (overnight in hotel).

You may have free time during the day depending on what time you arrive. A briefing will be given by our trekking leader in the late afternoon. He will discuss our trekking program in detail. The evening is free, but usually our tour leader will ask if the travellers want to have a group dinner (optional and at the traveller's own expense) at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.

Meals: None

DAY 02: Fly to Lukla (2840m/9318ft) and start trekking. Trek to Phakding (2610m/8563ft). Overnight in lodge. Flight Time 35min; Total Walking Time 3 hrs; Distance 8km; Total Ascent 120m; Total Descent 250m.

After breakfast, we head to the domestic airport for a scenic flight to Lukla. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Hillary Airport at Lukla. Here we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek. We take it easy on the first day to accllimatise.

Meals: B

DAY 03: Phakding (2610m/8563ft) to Namchey (3440m/11286ft). Total Walking Time 5-6 hrs; Distance 15km; Total Ascent 1150m; Total Descent 100m.

We follow the Bhote Koshi through the beautiful pine forest and pasture land, along the valley with small Sherpa settlements. We cross the Bhote Koshi and climb steeply switching back trail to get to the large Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar. It is the Sherpa people’s capital spread in the shape of a horse-shoe and the gateway to the Everest. The trading market of the village has changed since the early days to cater for tourists more than the historical salt trade from Tibet. Village is culturally rich with Sherpas in Tibetan life style and prevailing Buddhist religion. On the way, view of Everest (8848 m) and Lhotse (8511 m) come into sight. Mt. Thamserku ( 6648 m) and Kwangde Ri (6624 m) loom along the east and west of the village. The sacred mountain Khumbila (5707 m) dominates the skyline along the west. You get to experience the thrill of walking on many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge.

Meals: None

DAY 04: Rest in Namchey (3440m/11286ft) for acclimatisation. Plenty of things to see or options of day hiking in the area.

This is the first of the two scheduled days for acclimatization. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest days instead of being idle. In Namche, you find ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday.

Meals: None

DAY 05: Trek to Thame and Khumjung (3780m/12402ft). Overnight in Khumjung. Total Walking 4-5 hrs; Total Ascent 450m; Total Descent 850m.

Today's journey starts with a climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. Trekking up for about 2 hours and then leveling off until we reach the village of Khumjung. The Khumjung valley surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kondge and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also visit Hillary School which is at the same site. Another set of busy and colorful monasteries, lined with prayer flags and prayer wheels, are braced along the slopes high above this traditional village.

Meals: None

DAY 06: Trek to Thyangboche (3867m).

It is a long climb to Thyangboche. As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. Continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Thyangboche. A famous monastery lies here. It was re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after it was destroyed by fire in 1989. The most notable peaks seen from here are Kantega, Ama Dablam (perhaps the most beautiful peak in the region) and, of course, Mount Everest.

Meals: None

DAY 07: Trek to Namchey (3440m/11286ft). Total Walking Time 6-7 hrs; Total Ascent 480m; Total Descent 350m.

We will trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it's Spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our surroundings. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while we pass through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar. We want to take a long last look (and picture!) back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche from here.

Meals: None

DAY 08: Trek from Namchey (3440m/11286ft) to Phakding.

The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast following Dud Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We feel the Sherpa villages' impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. 

Meals: None

DAY 09: Trek from Phakding to Lukla.

On arrival in Lukla, we have plenty of time to relax, stretch those sore legs, and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Its a celebration time of a fantastic trek and a safe one.

Meals: None

DAY 10: Fly to Kathmandu. Afternoon is free.

Meals: None

DAY 11: Free day in Kathmandu for sightseeing and shopping.

Meals: B

DAY 12: Final Departure.

Meals: B