24 February 2017
There are few places on Earth more beautiful, remote and enchanting as mystical Nepal and the mighty Himalayas. And on this 17 day private luxury Everest Trek you will get up close to the world's highest mountain, meet the sherpas who regularly trek to the very top, stay in villages which have seen all the great explorers and mountineers pass through, and visit colourful monasteries on the Roof of the World. This once in a lifetime tour will leave you with so many wonderful memories.
On arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport you will receive the traditional silk scarf welcome then be taken by one of our tour representatives to your hotel. Kathmandu, the capital city, is the political, commercial and cultural hub of Nepal. Spread across an area of 360 square kilometres and at an altitude of 1,336 meters above sea level, it is an exotic and fascinating showcase of a very rich culture, art and tradition. The valley below is encircled by a range of green terraced hills and dotted by compact clusters of red tiled-roofed houses. At your hotel you will experience Nepali warmth and hospitality.
Today enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of the city. Durbar Square is home to palaces, temples and courtyards and you wil learn all about the city's history as you walk around. You will be amazed by the architectural wonders spanning several centuries in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon visit Patan city, which is a few miles south of Kathmandu on the Bagmati River and the centre of Buddhist and Hindu culture.
After breakfast you are met at your hotel and taken to the domestic airport to board your short flight to Lukla. This flight provides a magnificent entry to the trekking region and on arrival your baggage will be taken on so you can start your first day trek. Today there is an easy walk through several villages to Manjo via Phakding where you will stay overnight.
Today after breakfast at your lodge you start another trek following the Dudh Kosi river for about two hours and then climb slowly up a steep trail to Namche. As you climb, you enjoy your first memorable view of mighty Mount Everest as well as other mountains in the Himalayas including Nuptse and Lhotse. Walk around the villages and tonight you will be staying in a lodge in Namche.
After breakfast at your lodge you have a day to acclimatise to the altitude while visiting the Namche Bazaar. Your rest day here is to allow you to get used to the high altitudes you will encounter on your way to Everest Base Camp. This fun day can be spent exploring the village or Shyangboche, talking to the sherpas and simply enjoying and marvelling at the incredible scenery. There is also an optional day trip to Khunde/ Khumjung and Syangboche Khumjung Village.
Walking boots back on today when you leave Namche and hike to the checkpoint at Tshin Ga to show your permits. Then walk uphill for a short period to reach a huge prayer stone from where the path straightens and you get magnificent views of some of the majestic Himalayan ranges.
After breakfast, trek to Pangboche and later descend through the rhododendron forest, watching for the blood pheasant and Imphayan pheasant in the undergrowth. As you reach the valley, there is Imja Khola river where you stop for lunch at Phunk, next to several large water driven prayer wheels. The afternoon is spent climbing slowly on a steep trail to the Tengboche Monastery and one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Tengboche lies at the base of Kangtaiga and is a classic setting with superb views backs up the valley to the Ama Dablam, and Everest poking its southwest face over the huge ridgeline.
Today on the way to Periche if you are lucky you can have a good sight of Nepal's national bird, the Danphne. Near Gorak Shep you are lightly to spot Tibetan snow cocks racing happily down the hillside. The few houses and the gompas of the tiny village of Devuche can be seen as well as the nunnery on the hill. There is a trekkers aid post at Periche and a western doctor is usually working there during the trekking season to deal with altitude sickness. Tonight is spent in a basic lodge with stunning views.
Today the trail ascends the broad, gently sloping valley from Periche to Phalang Karpo. The views of Tawachee and Cholatse are particularly good from this portion of the trail, which passes through country reported to be the habitat of the snow leopard and where you can use your imigination and try to spot a yeti! Your lodge is not a five star hotel but the friendly service and comfortable room make this the best in the area.
Everest base camp, which you reach today, is not actually a specific site. Various expeditions have selected different locations for a semi-permanent camp during their assault on the mountain. Some of the sites that expeditions have used as base camps are identifiable from the debris on the glacier at 5,360m or more. The trip to base camp, while fascinating, is not as spectacular as the ascent of Kalapatthar because there is no view of Everest itself.
Start early today and after about one-and-half-hours walk you get to see the Khumbu Glacier. The path becomes tougher not because it’s uphill but more rocky and also due to the high altitude. You reach Gorak Shep in about three hours. This was the base camp for the 1952 Swiss Everest expedition. Gork Shep has a small lake that is usually frozen and several monuments to climbers who have died during various Everest expeditions
After breakfast at Gork Shep today you begin to re-trace your trail back to Pangboche. By now you should have adapted to the high altitude and be able to fully appreciate the magnificent scenery all around as you leave the Everest Base Camp area which is steeped is so much history and tradition.
Today as you head back to Namche, if you are not too tired after all your trekking, you can walk to another village to explore. Khumjung is a great place to visit and the friendly villagers will happily chat to you and tell you all about life in the mighty Himalayas. Walk through Syanboche later for another view of Everest if time allows. Overnight back at Namche.
Today after breakfast you continue your trek retracing your steps back to Lukla. If you want to shorten this walk it is possible to do so by splitting off the trail at Manju or Phakding. Lukla is the gateway to Mount Everest and the lodge where you stay is conventiently situated next to the airport. Spacious rooms, a lovely sunny garden and traditional interiors offer a warm welcome. From here you can walk to the nearby village of Bom.
After breakfast this morning you leave the comfort of the lodge at Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu. On arrival you will be met by one of our tour representatives and taken to your hotel where you can relax and reflect on your wonderful trek for the rest for the day then enjoy dinner in the evening
Today enjoy a sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur, world renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture and indigenous lifestyle. The ancient city is more like an open museum with monumental masterpieces. The town's Durbar Square is the gem not only of Bhaktapur, but also of the entire nation. The most fascinating structures here are the world-renowned 55 Window palace, golden gate, Big Bell, Siddhi Laxmi Temple and Shiva Temple. Nyatapola Temple dates back to 1702 AD and the colossal five storied edifice is the country’s tallest pagoda temple. Tonight enjoy dinner at Bhojan Griha with Nepali folk culture show.
Today your wonderful private Everest trek comes to an end. After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel and driven to Kathmandu airport to catch an onward flight or begin your journey back home. This Himalayan adventure trip will leave you with so many lasting memories of your journey across the Roof of the World.
Deluxe fr £3811pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated