Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Northern Trekking Team warmly welcomes you in this land of Himalayas, Nepal. We will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and drive you to the hotel in Thamel.
You will be introduced with the guide or trek leader who will be with you throughout your adventure period—18 trek days. He will brief you about the trip and will dictate with essential things to bring for the trek.
If time permits, you can roam around the streets of Thamel and enjoy this touristic destination of Nepal.
Day 02: Flight to Lukla/Trek to Phakding (2,600m)
Well, trekking begins from today but prior to that, we have to reach Lukla. It is a starting point of our trek. We get in Lukla by air. It is a scenic flight of 40 minutes. Built by Sir Edmund Hillary, the airport in Lukla—Tenzing-Hillary Airport—is one of the beautiful airstrips of the world. He along and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa were the first to scale the Mt. Everest in 1953.
After arranging porters in Lukla, the much-awaited adventure of life begins—Everest Three Passes Trek. Witnessing traditional Nepali cultures and lifestyle of hilly people, we proceed toward Phakding.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
We head toward Namche Bazaar—biggest commercial hub of entire Khumbu region, after breakfast. Walk today is not that easy as it was yesterday but the uphill climb will reward you with scenic beauty. As we proceed, we will be walking along the bank of the Dudh Koshi river. The two suspension bridges that you witness from a distance will make your mood. I bet you will not miss this moment to capture forever!
If weather permits, you will also get a distant view of a couple of peaks—Khumbila, Kusum Kangroo, Thamserku and Mt Everest—while on the way to Namche.
Normally, it takes six hours to get in Namche Bazaar from Phakding.
Day 04: Acclimatization day
The beauty of this hike—Everest View Trek—begins from today. Yes, we will take you to Everest View Hotel on this rest day. On this walk of nearly two hours, the first half is steep climb and the second is flat.
We will sit in the hotel and enjoy coffee with the heart capturing a view of Mt. Everest ahead. This is the essence of this trip—Everest View Trek.
We now proceed toward Khumjung. It is a small settlement and Sherpa are the natives of this village. The monastery called Khumjung is the major attraction of this place. You can observe Yeti scalp here. After spending nearly an hour here, we will get back to Namche Bazaar where we will be visiting a couple of monasteries and Sherpa museum.
Day 05: Trek to Phortse Thanga (3,680m)
It is going to be an interesting walk as we will be following uphill trail followed by a downhill to reach Dudh Koshi river. We head toward the north from here, Dudh Koshi river. We arrive at Mohang. It is a birthplace of Lama who is regarded as the reincarnation of a Lama from Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. He is the one who spread Buddhism in this part of the globe, Khumbu region. Few hours of walk from Mohang will bring us in Phortse Thanga.
Day 06: Trek to Machhermo (4,470m)
It takes nearly five hours to reach Machhermo from Phortse Thanga. We will reach here penetrating through the dense forest of rhododendron. The waterfall near Tonga village is beautiful. We will pass few more villages—Dhole, Lafarma and Luza—to arrive at Machhermo.
Day 07: Trek to Gokyo (4,800m)
The fact behind Gokyo is that you will witness the beauty of three blue lakes. The view of Kangtaiga and Mt. Cho Oyu (8,153m) will further trigger your excitement.
We cross all three lakes—Longpongo Lake, Taboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari (Milk Pond) to get in the village of Gokyo.
The valley goes on widening as we reach Pangkha. Following descending riverbank trail for few hours will get us at Ngazumpa Glacier but prior to reaching here, we need to climb as well. Crossing iron bridge and observing silent Longpongo lake, we reach a place where you will see footprints of Lama on a stone. Similarly, the further walk will take us to another lake— Taboche Tsho.
Day 08: Acclimatization day/Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357m)
On this day of acclimatization, we will lead you to several places that will open out the beauty of the Khumbu region. The spectacular views of Himalayas from Gokyo Ri is heart capturing. You will also visit fourth Gokyo Lake. The key attractions of the site are Mt. Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, along with Ngozumba Glacier.
Day 10: Gokyo to Dole: (3510m)
We go down on a trail along the Dudh Koshi River and pass the first Gokyo lakes. On the way, we also adore views of the Cholatse and Taboche peaks. Our trail descends before climbing a high ground. After reaching the Chorten, we can see great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega mountains. We walk past Machhermo, Luza and Lafarma villages before reaching Dole.
Day 11: Dole to Namche Bazaar: (3440m)
We go down on a steep trail to Phortse Thanga applaud rhododendrons and waterfalls. We also come across mountain goats, musk deer, and pheasants. After reaching Mong dada we can get a good view of Khumbila peak. On our way to Namche, the view of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega mountains are ours to commend. After walking a few hours, we reach the trail from Sanasa meets our same trail when we pass before. We walk on a trail that holds on to a forested by Kyangjuma, turning through several angles. After reaching Namche Sherpa Museum hill, we look back to see Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche for one last time. About a minute from here in Namche Bazaar.
Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: (2860m)
Leaving the beauty of Khumbu behind, we proceed ahead to get in Lukla. We will be walking for nearly six hours to arrive in Lukla and here ends our trip to Everest Base Camp.
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu
We will try to catch the first flight to Kathmandu and this will get us in the capital by 8 am. From the airport, we will escort you to the hotel. You will have ample time to roam around Kathmandu.
In the evening we, Northern Trekking team, will offer you dinner. We want you to share your experience along with feedback on the trip so that we can improve ourselves.
Day 14: Final departure
A Northern Trekking Team representative will pick us up from our hotel and drop us off at the Tribhuwan International Airport three hours before our scheduled flight.