DAY 01: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3- 4 hours trek.
In the morning, we will transfer to the domestic airport in Kathmandu for an early morning flight to Lukla, a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach at Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla to Phakding. Over night at Phakding.
DAY 02: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 5 - 6 hrs
Walking through a beautiful pine forest, along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch wonderful prospect of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar. Over night at Namche Bazar..
DAY 03: Namche Bazaar: Rest day for Acclimatization.
If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Health experts recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day's hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a baker.
DAY 04: Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5 - 6 hrs
After breakfat, we set out towards Tengboche, enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows more or less smooth trail with few ups and downs. The track follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses. After having a lunch at Phunki Thenga, we slightly tougher climb through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse, and Mt Everest, and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. We pay our visit to the monastery the same day at around 3 pm to witness the ceremony in the principal and popular monastery of Everest region. Overnight stay at a lodge at Tengboche.
DAY 05: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300ft):5 - 6 hrs
On the way to Pangboche village, we pass through several Chortens and Mani walls. The place where we stop for lunch not only serves delicious food but also allows a fantastic close-up view of Mt Ama Dablam. In the afternoon, we walk north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt Ama Dablam. From here onwards, the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley gradually unfolds as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. We descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.
DAY 06: Dingboche - Duglha (4,600 m/15,090 ft): 3 - 4 hrs
After breakfast climb to Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley. As we move on, the majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. As the trail descends and curves, Mt. Pumori disappears from view and we come across a roaring stream. After crossing a small wooden bridge, we ascend to Duglha. We can see the tip of Mt Nuptse from here as well as Mt Cholatse, Mt Thamserku, and several other magnificent peaks. Overnight at Duglha.
DAY 07: Duglha - Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 2 - 4 hrs
Beyond Duglha, we climb up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. At the top of the ridge, we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier, we find ourselves facing several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. Overnight at Lobuche.
DAY 08: Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft) - Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) - Gorak Shep: 8 - 9 hrs
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the side of Khumbu Glacier. Ahead on the trail we see peak of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. Climbing steeply up to the top through the Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world - Mt. Everest. Then, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the Gorak Shep Lake Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here.
DAY 09: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft)- Pheriche (4280 m/14,070 ft): 8 - 9 hrs
Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar and witness the first light of day caress the peaks of the mountains, particularly, Mt. Everest. However, we need to be prepared for an early morning departure. Further, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From kala Patthar, Mind-blowing Himalayan panorama unfolds before our eyes as they wander from one mighty massif to another. Over night at Pheriche.
DAY 10: Pheriche to Kyangjuma (3,570m/11,710ft): 5 - 6 hrs
After breakfast, we cross Khumbu Khola (stream). Following the main Everest trail down the beautifully scenic valley, we pass through the villages of Tsuro Wog, Orsho, Shomare and reach Pangboche at the base of Ama Dablam. We cross the bridge over Imja Khola and pass through the Deboche village and reach Tengboche. From Tengboche, a steep descent of about 1500ft/500m leads through rhododendron bushes and fir trees to the Dudh Koshi River. We cross the bridge over Dudh Koshi on our return trip at Phunki Tenga. Further, we pass the village of Tashinga and Sansa before finally reaching beautiful village of Kyangjuma. Overnight at Kyangjuma.
DAY 11: Kyangjuma to Monjo [2,840m/9,315ft]: 4 - 5 hrs
After reaching to Namche Bazar, steep descent from Namche Hill leads to the suspension bridge crossing the Dudh Kosi river. We cross the Dudh Koshi River twice at separate locations before reaching Monjo. We are out of the Sagarmatha National Park after exiting from its official entrance near Monjo and finally reach Monjo Village. Not only is Monjo a quieter place to stay than Namche, it also means have a less strenuous walk back to Lukla tomorrow. Overnight in Monjo.
DAY 12: Monjo to Lukla: 4 - 5 hrs
Today we enjoy the last walk at lower altitude in the Everest region. Most tracks today is flat although we will have some descends and brief ascents too. We cross the Dhud Koshi River three times through the prayer flags strewn suspension bridges and also cross one of its tributary, Thado Koshi once. The final ascent of about 45 minutes from Chheplung takes us to Lukla. Overnight at Lukla.
DAY 13: Lukla - Kathmandu
Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day at hotel.