Please note that the itinerary may change at any time and that factors such as weather, team member health, logistics etc. will no doubt create some change in the actual dates of the programme.
The trek members meet in Kathmandu, the capital of the Kingdom of Nepal. We are greeted at the airport by our Kathmandu representatives, who whisk you through the thriving city to your hotel.
Once everybody has arrived we have a team meeting where introductions and the trip outline are completed. You will be briefed on the trip preparations and we can sort out any queries or questions you have.
Your guide will advise you on good shopping and the better restaurants to visit while you are in the city. After an optional sight-seeing tour and familiarisation with the layout of Kathmandu, you are free to look around. There are plenty of shops and entertainment to suit all tastes. From excellent bookshops to mountain bike hire to CD shopping and bars, Kathmandu’s retail fraternity is waiting to meet you!
We use a full day in Kathmandu sorting out any equipment problems you may have but don’t worry if you have forgotten anything, there are plenty of good outdoor shops in Kathmandu.
The next morning we fly into the village of Lukla at 9,000 feet (2,800m), the beginning of our trek. The trek takes 15 days from our departure from Lukla until we return to that point. The walking is over mostly gentle terrain with a couple of long hill climbs that follow very well formed tracks through the Sherpa homeland.
Each day you will walk 4 - 5 hours at a casual pace with plenty of scenic breaks, and an extended lunch stop at one of the lodges along the way.
From Lukla the trail contours the valley walls of the lower Khumbu valley following the Dudh Kosi River, with fine views through the stands of Himalayan Pines, up to the high mountains above. We spend the first night in Phakding, and the next morning you follow the valley and river to the base of the Namche hill.
A long climb brings us to the famous village of Namche Bazaar, which is the centre of trade for the Sherpa people as it has been for hundreds of years. There are many sights to delight in Namche Bazaar with the dramatic views across the valley to Mt Kwonde, a wonderful backdrop to the unique Sherpa architecture of the houses and lodges here. On our rest day, we explore the local Sherpa Museum and bustling Namche markets.
The next stage of our trek takes us to Khumjung, home of Sir Edmund Hillary’s School and famous for its high altitude bakery. An acclimatisation hike up the nearby Khunde Peak (4,200m) rewards us with panoramic views up and down the Khumbu Valley.
From Khumjung, we follow a gradual incline skirting around the hillside to the Mong La Pass (3,970m), then a steep descent through rhododendron forest, which is in full bloom in April, to the river at Phortse Tenga. From here it is a short walk to the small village of Phortse, followed by a high traverse around to Pangboche. This route to Pangboche is one of the less frequently travelled trails in the Khumbu, and as a result, it’s not uncommon to see Himalayan Thar and Danphe, the Himalayan Pheasant near the trail.
From Pangboche, we have splendid views of the world’s highest mountains. Mt Everest pokes its head out above the high ridges of Mts.’ Nuptse and Lhotse whilst Ama Dablam stands omnipotent over the valley. We gradually climb above the tree line into the sub-alpine regions and our next stop, Pheriche is situated on a green plain with yaks grazing contentedly. A rest day here allows us the opportunity to walk about and enjoy the views.
Our next stage takes us to Lobuche village and the base of the Khumbu glacier. Mt Everest is hidden from us even though we are so close, but Pumori, Nuptse, Lobuche and Taweche provide plenty of scenic splendour.
Then we move to Everest Base Camp! It is here that the climbers rest and recuperate when not actually up on the mountain and our group will have the privilege of spending some time at the Adventure Consultants Base Camp. There is always plenty of activity as the Sherpas and climbers prepare for their next phase of climbing on the mountain. Loads of food, fuel, tents and oxygen cylinders are carried through the spectacular Khumbu Icefall to the camps high on the mountain. We enjoy a night here which this gives us a chance to explore Base Camp and see the inner workings of an expedition.
We say goodbye to Base Camp and begin our descent to lower altitudes, down to Gorak Shep. Above Gorak Shep is Kala Patar, which is the highlight of the trek up the Khumbu. At sunrise or sunset, the views of Everest can be magical and we hope to enjoy a photographic session with you there! After an attempt on Kala Patar we descend to Pheriche and then on to Namche Bazaar. From Namche, we trek back to Lukla and the following day we fly back to Kathmandu and the finish of the trek.
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