Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, a Cold Feet representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport and help you transfer to your hotel by private vehicle. Enjoy a free evening to explore Kathmandu and recover from jet lag. Meet Cold Feet staffs for a short pre-tour briefing before dinner.
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley and Preparation for the trip
A full-day guided tour around Kathmandu city's historical and cultural landmarks. Visit Bauddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple, the most important sites in Nepal for Buddhists and Hindus. Catch the playful antics of monkeys and beautiful city views at Swayambhunath temple. Also, take time to disappear in Kathmandu's old city bazaars, public squares, and former royal palaces at Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2804m) and trek to Phakding (2610m) – 4 Hours
We take our scenic flight to Lukla early in the morning, which takes about 30 to 40 minutes. We then have to make the final preparations for the trekking. Following the route downhill, we make to reach Phakding (2610m) after about 3 hours. In the evening, if time allows, we explore around the Buddhist monasteries and monuments in Phakding. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3411m) – 5 Hours
Of course, today is going to be challenging day for us. We have to make our route to Namche, the gateway of Everest itself. So, following through the riverbank of Dudh Koshi River, we gently begin to rise through the rhododendron and magnolia forests with giant fir trees, which eventually bring us to the village of Jorsalle. Jorsalle is entry point of Sagarmatha National Park, where we have to show our trekking permits and TIMS. After a brief stop-over lunch, the climb proceeds towards Namche Bazaar passing through the National Park area. We eventually reach at Namche, a delightful mountain town and so-called Sherpa Capital of Solukhumbu. We check into some guesthouse to stay overnight.
Day 05: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Today, we dedicate our whole day for the acclimatization or we can visit around the Khumjung village and Everest View Hotel Everest and witness the amazing views of Himalayas including Everest itself.
Day 06: Trek from Namche to Dole (4200m) – 8 Hours
From Namche today, we begin our pleasant walk through the forest with magnificent views of mountains until Kenjoma and the trail goes uphill towards Mung Danda. After having lunch at Mung Danda and overlooking the views of stunning Amadablam, Thamserku, Khangteka, Kongde, Kusum Kangru, and Kongde-Ri, we head down to the riverside. Continuing the trail, move through the forest areas exploring the beautiful birds like Himalayan Munal, Lama Gaya and various vultures and other wild animals like Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, Yak and so on. We eventually reach our destination, Dole, for overnight stay.
Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4470m) – 5 Hours
However, today's walk is not going to be that strenuous, we make an early start from Dole today. We march through spectacular natural beauty today. It takes around five hours to reach Machhermo. Well, there's a legend about Machhermo. It's been said that at Machhermo, Yeti has killed three yaks and attacked a Sherpa women while she was collecting the Yak dung for firewood. You will be hearing such stories from Sherpas and guides on the way.
Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo – 6 Hours
After the morning breakfast at Machhermo, we move onwards along various lakes of Gokyo. Continuing gradually uphill walk, we have lunch at Gokyo, where we stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 09: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357m) and trek to Thagnag (5025) – 6 Hours
We will be hiking up to Gokyo Ri today. Gokyo Ri is regarded as one of the best viewpoints for Everest. Don't forget to witness and take the snapshots of the wonderful Everest from Gokyo Ri. After enjoying the mountain glory from Gokyo Ri, we then continue our trek towards Thagnag. We follow the trail via glacier called Nangpa. The best time to do this trek is from October through May. The excitement of this glacier walk is that you can hear the sound of glacial movement. We eventually reach at Thagnag, where we stay overnight.
Day 10: Cross Cho La Pass (5420m) and descend to Dzongla (4710m) – 7 Hours
Today, we start before sunrise at 4 or 5 am to reach the pass by 9am. The weather conditions can turn unfavorable during noontime, so we start early in the morning. We cross over an altitude of 5420m where we could be exposed to strong winds if we cross too late. As we reach the top, we are rewarded by the magnificent views of Everest and other mountains. At noon, we start descending towards Dzongla. There will be very basic accommodation at Dzongla. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 11: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4930m) – 5 Hours
Today's route will be rather shorter and easier taking you to Lobuche. It takes around four hours to reach Lobuche. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5140m) to EBC and back to Gorakshep – 7 Hours
Today is going to be the difficult walk along the Khumbu Glacier. We ascend up to EBC, the closest we can get to Mount Everest without mountaineering equipment. Enjoy the spectacular views of Khumbu Icefall and return back to Gorakshep for night.
Day 13: Climb up to Kalapatthar (5545m) and trek to Pheriche (4240m) – 7 Hours
Today's walk will also be quite difficult yet rewarding for us. Most of the morning, we climb towards Kalapatthar, one of the best cited viewpoints at Everest region offering you probably the best views of Mount Everest. The ascent is demanding but the panorama it offers makes you forget everything else. We can get to enjoy the beautiful views of Pumori, Nuptse, Chagatse, Lhotse, and numerous other peaks. After spending some memorable moments at Kalapatthar, we descend to Gorakshep again and then to Pheriche. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 14: Trek from Pheriche to Namche
From Pheriche, we take a slightly different route down to Orsho then to Pangboche. Here's the oldest monastery in the region which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a Yeti. We leave mountains behind us and descend through the Tyangboche Monastery before continuing back to Namche. We stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 15: Trek from Namche to Lukla
Marking the end of our trek, today, we will trek finally towards Lukla. It takes about six hours from Namche to reach Lukla. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 17: Flight back from Lukla to Kathmandu
We catch our early morning Lukla to Kathmandu flight. On arriving Kathmandu, you transfer to your hotel or spend the remaining time for exploring any sights you have missed out during your first day in Kathmandu or you can just choose to go for last minute shopping. You will be joining our farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 18: Final Departure
A Cold Feet representative will accompany you to the airport to catch your returning flight. We hope to see you again soon!