Pariwar Holidays welcomes you to make one of the most spectacular journeys into the Everest region of Nepal. Everest region contains four of the world's six tallest peaks, namely Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu. They rise above everything else, crowning the towering ridges that straddle the forbidding Himalayas. The Everest Base Camp trek is marked by most of the trekkers as the most memorable and exciting trek in the land of the Himalayas. While trekking through this wonderful journey, we get the opportunities to get a glimpse into the life of world famous climbers (the Sherpas). The trek further offers the opportunities to go for sightseeing around Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site that is home to a variety of Himalayan floras and faunas.
While trekking through this route we will also get the opportunity to get a closer look at the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. The journey that you are making is an epic one as Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay had set off their feet on it in 1953. The thrill and excitement that one feels upon beholding the mighty Everest up close cannot be comparable to any other experiences. The very experienced team of Pariwar Holidays would be more than happy to accompany you for this exciting journey.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft).
Welcome to the beautiful city of Kathmandu!!! Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, and after the completion of your custom formalities, a representative of Pariwar Holidays will meet you at the arrival gate and escort you to one of the best hotels of Thamel. After your check-in at the hotel, you can either visit our office or hang around the hotel. At the evening, upon our reception, Pariwar Holidays will organize a welcome dinner and cultural shows program at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant of Thamel.
Day 02: A half day sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for Trek.
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual sites of Kathmandu. Most of these landmarks are categorized under World Heritage Sites. They include the historic Durbar Square of Basantapur, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists’ shrine (Bouddha Nath). Boudha Nath is the largest spherical Stupa of Nepal. At the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion and trek leaders along with other team members will also be meeting to discuss about the upcoming adventure. Please do feel free to ask any questions regarding the trip that you are making.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): (3- 4 hours of trek)
On this day, after breakfast, you will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft). It is a gateway destination to begin our trek. From Kathmandu, it takes around 40 minutes to fly to Tenzing-Hillary Airport of Lukla. The breathtaking views of White Mountains, green lands and other interesting scenic views can be seen while flying. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world that culminates in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Upon arriving at Lukla, we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. The trek from Lukla to Phakding is a very short one and is designed just to assist in acclimatization. However, if you are interested, we can also arrange for a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): (5 - 6 hrs)
This day, we trek through a beautiful pine forest. The trail leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges. One of the most famous suspension bridges is Hillary Suspension Bridge. Along the way, glancing at the glistening and majestic view of Mr. Thamserku (6618m) and passing through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa and Monjo, we reach the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We also pass through the village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. Along the way, the trail ascends through forests and bridges to reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. From there, we ascend for around two hours to reach Chautara from where we can glance the breathtaking first glance of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Another one and half hour’s hike takes us to the Namche Bazaar, the main trading center of this region and the gateway to the Mt. Everest. Our overnight stay will be in one of the lodge of the Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: A rest day in Namche Bazaar.
This day marks as our first of the two rest days which are set aside for "acclimatization". Most of the Health experts recommend you to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We can either spend the day by taking a day's hike to Thame or visit Khunde or relax and explore the Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. A trek of a few hundred vertical feet during the day will help us to acclimatize properly. Our guides take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region.
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): (5 - 6 hrs)
After breakfast in Namche, we set out towards Tengboche. The majestic and breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku can be enjoyed along the way. The trail of the trek follows more or less smooth trail with few ascending and descending. But the scenic vista of the Himalayas makes our journey less painful. Along the way, we can even spot wildlife like musk deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar and multicolored pheasants. The trail descends until Kayangjuma. Then the trail eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The trail then passes through the pine forests. Along the way we reach a bridge of Dudh Koshi river which is festooned with prayer flags. From the bridge, our hike further leads us to Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. At Phunki Thenga, we relax awhile and take our lunch. After lunch, we ascend through a slightly tougher trail through the pine forests to reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a famous site for the close up views of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse, and Mt Everest, and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. We visit the monastery on the same day at around 3 pm to witness the ceremony that is performed there. Our overnight will be in a lodge at Tengboche.
Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300ft): (5 - 6 hrs)
The monastery of Tengboche looks even more magnificent in the morning as it has mountains at its backdrop. Before starting up the journey, we can take our time to take pictures of the monastery and the scenery around. Along the way, our trail passes through several Chortens, Mani walls and small villages. We will stop for lunch at one of the hotels from where the majestic close-up view of Mt. Ama Dablam can be seen. In the afternoon, we hike to the north of Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt Ama Dablam. From there onwards, the trail is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley gradually unfolds as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. From there, we descend towards the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. Dingboche has beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Our stay will be in a lodge at Dingboche.
Day 08: A rest day at Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300ft).
This day marks as the second of acclimatization at Dingboche. In the morning, we will take a refreshing breakfast while admiring the view of the looming Ama Dablam (6856m/ 22493 ft) to the south. In order to appreciate the scenic view Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Lhotse and numerous other peaks visible from Dingboche, we climb the ridge on the north behind the village. This will be an ideal acclimatizing excursion. From this juncture, we can see three of the world's six highest peaks, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Cho Yu. To our west, we see the towering peaks of Cholatse (6440 m/21,126 ft) and Taboche (6542 m/ 21,463 ft). The Lobuche West and Lobuche East peaks are the most dominant along with Lhotse which stands over 8500 meters (8501m/27, 890 ft). From a vantage point which is situated high on the ridge, we can behold the sweeping Imja Khola valley as well as the picturesque fields and pastures of Dingboche. Our overnight will be at Dingboche.
Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Duglha (4,600 m/15,090 ft): (3 - 4 hrs)
The trail of this day starts with a climb to Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley. The trail passes along the arid terrace with awesome views of mountains on all sides. The path further leads us to a yak herder's place called Dusa. From there, the valley begins to narrow and we continue through Phulung Karpo, the camp site of the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. Above Phulung Karpo is Chola Lake. The majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view as we move on. The trail further descends and curves from there and also the view of Mt. Pumori disappears and leads us to a roaring stream. We cross the stream through a small wooden bridge and ascend towards Duglha. The magnificent vista of the famous peaks like Mt Nuptse, Mt Cholatse, Mt Thamserku, and several other peaks can be seen from here. Spending a night in Duglha is ideal for acclimatization purposes. Our overnight stay will be at Duglha.
Day 10: Trek from Duglha to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): (2 - 4 hrs)
From Duglha, we climb up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trail further passes through boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara, which is an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountain views. At the top of the ridge, an array of stones with prayer flags used as a memorial to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountain guide) who breathed their last on a mission to climb Everest can be seen. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing several great peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. Though we are now at the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains elusive. The magnificent view of Mt Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. Leaving behind the murmuring sound of the Khumbu Glacier, we ascend towards the Lobuche. Our overnight stay will be at Lobuche. (B, L, D)
Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft) - Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) - Gorak Shep: (8 - 9 hrs Gorak Shep)
The trail to Gorak Shep passes through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Along the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with the magnificent view of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. We can see the 360 degree view of the snow capped mountains from Thangma Riju. It is just a small ascend away from the trail. The trail further climbs steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier. The first glimpse of Kala Patthar can be seen from here. The trail further leads us to Gorak Shep. From Gorak Shep, mesmerizing view of snow-capped mountains looming all around us includes the top of the world - Mt. Everest. We stop here for a brief lunch and rest and then continue along the trail to Everest Base Camp through the vast Gorak Shep Lake. Along the trail, we come to the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. The bravery of the Everest Climbers can be appreciated or experienced only after reaching the Everest Base Camp through the hazardous route of the Khumbu icefall. Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains that we can be viewed from the base camp. Though the view of Everest is not visible from here, we feel like we have already accomplished the ultimate objective of our trip. Our overnight will be in a local lodge at Gorak Shep.
Day 12: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft)- Pheriche (4280 m/14,070 ft): (8 - 9 hrs)
This day marks as the climax of our trip. We start our trek early in the morning in order to catch the dramatic glimpse of the sunrise from Kala Patthar, particularly Mt. Everest bathing in the morning sunrise is a sight to behold. From Kala Patthar, however we need to be prepared for an early morning departure, as the pre dawn temperature is very cold (-10 to -14 C). And further, the potentiality of chilly winds is quite common in this region. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we can pause to catch breath at several outstanding view points from where we can snap great pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From kala Patthar, we scramble up to the top of a rocky outcrop marked by cairns and prayer flags. Mind-blowing Himalayan panorama unfolds before our eyes as they wander from one mighty massif to another. We can take as many pictures as we want with our camera but do not forget to imprint the vista into our mind's eye so that it lasts a lifetime.
Day 13: Trek from Pheriche to Kyangjuma (3,570m/11,710ft): (5 - 6 hrs)
Our trek of this day will start after we cross Khumbu Khola (stream). We will follow the main Everest trail down the beautiful and scenic valleys; passing through the villages of Tsuro Wog, Orsho, Shomare and reach Pangboche at the base of Ama Dablam. Along the way, we cross the bridge over Imja Khola and pass through the Deboche village to reach Tengboche. Our stay in the Tengboche monastery to observe the prayer wheels will be very brief. Since the gate of the monastery opens only at 3 pm, we cannot have access inside the monastery before this period. From Tengboche, a steep descent of about 1500ft/500m leads through rhododendron bushes and fir trees to the Dudh Koshi River. Further, we pass the village of Tashinga and Sansa before reaching beautiful village of Kyangjuma. Upon your arrival at this juncture, we have time to appreciate the gorgeous Ama-dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest along the trail. Our overnight stay will be in one of the lodges at Kyangjuma.
Day 14: Trek from Kyangjuma to Monjo [2,840m/9,315ft]: (4 - 5 hrs)
The trail from Kyangjuma to Monjo is like a steep maze. The faunas found in this trail include mountain goats, snow leopards and colorful pheasants. Since these are natural are the animals of the wild, it all depends upon your luck if you could spot them. From Namche, we take a steep downhill route and cross a suspension bridge over Dudhkoshi River. This river needs to be crossed in many places before reaching Monjo. Along the trail, we reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park and from there; finally we reach the beautiful village of Monjo. Overnight at a teahouse at Monjo.
Day 15: Trek from Monjo to Lukla: (4 - 5 hrs)
This day marks as the last of your trekking. The trek of this day is not that hard. The route consists of trivial ascents and descents but in most of the part, it is flat. We walk through the open plains, rhododendron and pine forests and Sherpa villages. The suspension bridge of the Dudhkoshi River needs to be crossed at three different points to reach the village of Chheplung. From Chheplung, Lukla is very close by. Though we get tired due to the trekking, our eyes would be savoring the panoramic views of the places around. After reaching Lukla, there is time to relax and celebrate the successful accomplishment with all of the crew members. Our overnight stay will be in a teahouse at Lukla.
Day 16: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and shop Farewell (Dinner)
On this day, we fly back to Kathmandu in an early morning flight. Upon your arrival at the hotel, you can rest and relax throughout the day. If you are interested you can also opt to visit around the ancient streets of Thamel to buy souviners for your relatives and friends who are back in your country. In the evening, the team members of Pariwar Holidays will host a dinner at one of the best restaurants of Thamel for your successful accomplishment of the trek. Our overnight will be in a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Final departure from Kathmandu
The fabulous journey that you accomplished with the team of Pariwar Holidays Pvt. Ltd. comes to an end today. Depending on the schedule of your flight, a representative of our team will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. The team of Pariwar Holidays Pvt. Ltd. will be more than happy to serve you in the coming days too.
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Pariwar Holidays organized our trip in Everest region in an excellent way. We wanted to go trekking partly individually with the experienced guides of Pariwar Holidays. They organized everything exactly according to our wishes. Booking our flight to Lukla, meeting the guides halfway the trip in Dingboche, renting professional gear, it was all very well organized, and in a friendly, reliable way. A friend of mine suggest Pariwar Holidays, and I am very thankful to him! If you are looking for a reliable agency with excellent service: I definitely recommend Pariwar Holidays!