Day 01 - Arrival to Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport TIA)
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and clearing customs and immigration, you will be welcomed by our personal representative at the arrival zone (we assure you that our complete team roster at Discovery World Trekking (DWT) is professionally certified and registered with the government). Our representative will escort you by private transport to our hotel in Kathmandu, centrally and conveniently located in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Thamel is well known as an exciting tourist hub and has a full range of restaurants and cuisine, gear and souvenir shops, pubs, nightspots and tourist facilities. After resting and refreshing at the hotel, the evening is yours to explore.
DAY 02 - Full Day Tour, Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
After breakfast, we will embark on a full day of sightseeing around the scenic Kathmandu Valley. You will be accompanied by our personal DWT guide, an expert on the architecture, culture and history of the valley.The days sights and activities include visits to the sacred, ancient shrines of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath, all still very active. Pashupatinath is one of the worlds most important Shiva shrines and a site of cremation for dignitaries. Boudhanath is one of the largest and grandest Stupa in Asia and busy from dawn to dusk with devotees. Swayambhunath, aka The Monkey Temple, is famously perched on a hill overlooking the city. The days tour includes a visit tothe otherworldly Patan Durbar Square.Overnight at Hotel.
We begin early today with transport to the airport for our scenic domestic flight to the east to the mountain airport of Lukla. We are now in a land populated by the famous Sherpa people. In Lukla we will meet the majority of our crew and take our first treks on the trek. We take it easy today to get accustomed to the altitude with a enjoyable walk to Phakding with time to spare to explore the local monastery. Overnight at Lodge.
Today we have our first full day on the trail as we trek north up the Dudh Koshi river valley. We pass the Sagarmatha National Part check post and will have our permits registered before continuing on with glimpses of the big peaks along the way, including Everest! We cross a high suspension bridge and then make a challenging climb through dense forest to arrive at Namche Bazaar a town with set in an arena with beautiful peaks looking in. The market area is a lively scene with much to explore as well as a nearby monastery. Overnight in Guesthouse.
Day 05 - Rest Day to Relax and Acclimatize at Namche Bazaar
Today, we will take a day of rest from our onward and upward journey. This day we will enjoy natures surroundings of mountain views and majestic landscape. Additionally, we have an optional hike planned for people who wish to explore the Sagarmatha National Park visitor center and a spectacular hike to Khunde and Khumjung, Sherpa settlements an hour from Namche with a yak farm along the way. Additionally, we visit a famous hotel with astonishing views of Everest and more. Overnight in Lodge.
We continue the trek to base camp today as we being with a climb out of Namche high above the DudhKosi River. We round a bend and on clear days we have views of Everest and the surrounding peaks. On this remote part of the trail, trekkers often have spotted the local wildlife. Eventually, the trail drops down to cross the DudhKoshi River and then makes a rigorous ascent through pine forests to the monastery of Tengbochein a meadow with surrounding lodges. The peak known as Ama-Dablam is especially beautiful from here. Overnight at Lodge.
After an optional visit for morning prayers at the monastery, we make our way down from the meadow and through some serene landscape of dense forests. We pass another monastery and then cross the river as we continue to Pangboche. The trailside shrines guide the way. The terrain becomes more arid and barren as we rise above the plant life. We have continued astonishing views on the way to Dingboche in an open valley. Overnight at Lodge.
Today our trek will be filled with great mountain views nearly the whole trek. The route begins with a short uphill near a ridge top shrine and then we follow up the wide valley to a crossing of the glacial moraine and a small collection of lodges. Again we climb and have stupendous views as we gain elevation. From a pass where memorials have been erected to climbers who passed away in this region, we have a pleasant hike to Lobuche. This large settlement has many shops and hotels in a magnificent setting. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 09 - Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep
Today is a long awaited and rewarding day. From Lobuche, we follow the glacial moraine up and the views keep on getting better. Eventually we rise to the lodges of Gorakshep our overnight point for today, but other than to leave our gear in our rooms and enjoy a lunch, we continue on to base camp. The terrain on the way to Everest Base Camp is otherworldly. Finally we reach the ultimate destination of this trek and we are as close as possible to the worlds highest peak without being a climber. Savor the moment and our congratulations at the effort it took to make it here!We take in the views including the renowned Khumbu Icefall. After some time we head back to Gorakshep for the evening. Its been a wonderful day after all! Overnight at Lodge.
Day 10Hike to Kala Patthar viewpoint and then Trek Gorakshep to Pheriche
We wake up early today and enjoy a hot drink before a pre- dawn climb to the famous Kala Patthar viewpoint at 5550 m(18,208 ft). From Kala Patthar we can witness a marvelous sunrise on Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. After savoring the panorama, we trek return to Gorakshep for breakfast and to pick up our gear. We then descend back down the beautiful valley toPheriche. Overnight at Lodge.
After breakfast we have a long day filled with mesmerizing views. We make a return journey to Tengboche and then drop down to cross the DudhKosi and climb and contour for a return to the town of Namche. Overnight at Lodge.
This will be our last day on the trekking trails and it will be a long but rewarding day as we make a return down the DudhKosi valley. From this direction the views will be entirely different. Eventually, we reach the large town of Lukla with airport where tomorrow we will have a flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Lodge.
If all goes according to schedule, and we certainly expect it to (please see note below), then we take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu and the rest of the time will be yours to relax and refresh from your days on the trekking trail, and perhaps explore more of the city. Overnight at selected hotel in Kathmandu.
DAY 14 - Transfer to Kathmandus Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for your international departure
Our personal representative will accompany you by private vehicle to the international airport for your final departure home. We really hopethat youve enjoyed the trekking holiday in Nepals majestic hills with us. Please remember Discover World Trekking fondly and we hope that you will come back soon! Have a pleasant journey home!