Day 01: Kathmandu at arrival
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the Adventure Himalayan representatives will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. After refreshment, you will be briefed in short about your tour by our guide or tour leader. If you have any questions or doubts about your trip then they should be asked and clarified at this time. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
After breakfast on the second morning, you will leave for Kathmandu city sightseeing tour. Our English speaking tour guide will be escorting during your entire tour and he will try to give you full taste of our culture, heritage and local people. During our sightseeing tour, we will visit Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, Durbar Squares of three cities in the Capital and others.
Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of lord Shiva in the world. It is located along the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. Pashupatinath Temple's existence dates back to 400 A.D. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses, the sacred linga or the holy symbol of Lord Shiva ate some of the features of the Temple. The temple is of the Nepalese pagoda style of architecture. All the features of pagoda style are founded here like cubic constructions, beautifully carved wooden rafters on which they rest (tundal). The two level roofs are of copper with gold covering. It has four main doors, all covered with silver sheets. This temple has a gold pinnacle, (Gajur), which is a symbol of religious thought. The western door has a statue of large bull or Nandi, plated in bronze. The deity is of black stone, about 6 feet in height and the same in circumference. Inside the temple it is a narrow ambulatory around the sanctum. The sanctum contains a one-meter high linga with four faces (chaturmukha) representing Pashupati, as well as images of Vishnu, Surya, Devi and Ganesh. Pashupati Temple's extensive grounds include many other old and important temples, shrines and statues. South of the temple, for instance, is Chadeshvar, an inscribed Licchavi linga from the 7th century, and north of the temple is a 9th-century temple of Brahma. On the south side of Pashupati temple is the Dharmashila, a stone where sacred oaths are taken, and pillars with statues of various Shah Kings. In the northeast corner of the temple courtyard is the small pagoda temple of Vasuki, the King of the Nagas. Vasuki has the form of a Naga (mythical snake) from the waist upwards, while the lower parts are an intricate tangle of snakes' bodies. According to local belief, Vasuki took up residence here in order to protect Pashupati. One can often see devotees circumambulating and worshipping Vasuki before entering the main sanctum.
Swayambhunath Stupa: Swayambhunath is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. It is situated 6.5 kilometer west of Kathmandu. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in the north-west parts of the temple. It is probably the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites. The stupa has Buddha's eyes and eyebrows painted on. Between them, there is something painted which looks likes the nose - but is the Nepali symbol of 'unity', in the main Nepali language dialect. There is a large pair of eyes on each of the four sides of the main stupa which represent Wisdom and Compassion. Above each pair of eyes is another eye, the third eye. It is said that when Buddha preaches, cosmic rays emanate from the third eye which act as messages to heavenly beings, so that those interested can come down to earth to listen to the Buddha. The hellish beings and beings below the human realm cannot come to earth to listen to the Buddha's teaching; however, the cosmic rays relieve their suffering when Buddha preaches. There are carvings of the Panch Buddhas (five Buddhas) on each of the four sides of stupa. There are also statues of the Buddhas at the base of the stupas. Panch Buddhas are Buddha in metaphorical sense in Tantrayana. They are Vairochana (occupies the center and is the master of the temple), Akshobhya (faces the east and represents the cosmic element of consciousness), Ratna Sambhava (faces the south and represents the cosmic element of sensation), Amitabha (He represents cosmic element of Sanjna (name) and always faces the West) and Amoghsiddhi (He represents the cosmic element of conformation and faces the north).
Patan Durbar Square: Patan Durbar Square is situated at the centre of Lalitpur city. It is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of its attractions is The Ancient Royal Palace where Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided. Patan is one of the oldest know Buddhist City. It is a center of both Hinduism and Buddhism with 136 bahals or courtyards and 55 major temples. Most of these structures are in the vicinity of the Durbar Square. The Durbar Square is a marvel of Newa architecture. The Square floor is tiled with red bricks. There are many temples and idols in the area. The main temples are aligned opposite of the western face of the palace. The entrance of the temples faces east, towards the palace. There is also a bell situated in the alignment beside the main temples. The Square also holds old Newari residential houses. There are various other temples and structures in and around Patan Durbar Square build by the Newa People.
Note: we can provide any language speaking guide on your request
Day 03: Fly From Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m) and Trek to Phakding (2640m)
On this day, you will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) which will take approximately 30 minutes and then you will trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640m.) which takes three hours. Lukla is a small town with an airport. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores. You begin today’s trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Koshi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Overnight in Trekking Lodges
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
On the fourth day, you will be trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about five hours. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch the first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak along the way. You can also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is set a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight in Trekking Lodges
Day 05: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization
On this day, you will be resting in Namche Bazar for acclimatization purpose and excursion around the places. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization at the high altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. In the afternoon, you can walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or an hour walk up to the Tengboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. Overnight in Trekking Lodges
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867 M)
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche takes about five hours. Leaving the village, you will climb to the top of a ridge and level mountain path that offers an excellent panorama of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangrib. After a gentle descent, the mountain path ends; you will come to the fork leading to Gokyo. You descend past two tea houses through the village of Trashinga. It is a long climb to Tengboche; the first half is especially steep. As you trek through the forested zone, the incline eases and a panoramic view of Everest, Lotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam appears. You continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you reach to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Tengboche (3860m). You spend the night at the lodge
Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4260 M)
Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche takes approximately five hours. Now you leave Tengboche and the Khumbu mountains as a backdrop and descend a rhododendron covered area to come at a pleasant level area. You will ascend the mountain path while looking up at Ama Dablam and Kantega (6779m) as they appear on the opposite side. Climb the chorten-lined route, come to a fork, the upper path passes Pangboche and a monastery, take the lower route to Pangboche Olin and its stone wall-enclosed potato field. Go through the village and cross a stream to a path skirting a rocky area to terraced hills along the riverbank. The trails climb gently winding above the Imjatse River, to a big Mani Stupa. From here, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with views of the eastern snow capped mountains including the Island Peak or Imjatse (6,189m). Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. You can stay overnight at a lodge.
Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche (4260 M) for acclimatization
You will rest at Dingboche for acclimatization on the eighth day. Acclimatization is very important during high altitude trekking. There are some outstanding views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. From here you can enjoy the breathtaking views of Island peak, Ama Dablaml, Makalu, Tawoche peak and others. You can stay overnight at a lodge.
Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 M)
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche takes about five and half hours. The trek follows a downward path to Pheriche village. Today's walk offers views of the Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After two hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. After a short break at Dugla, continue trekking up to Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind. You can stay overnight at a lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep (5180 M)
Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5486m.) via Gorakshep (5180m.) takes about seven hours. You will then climb up the valley following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below of the Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar (5545m) and Mt. Pumori (7145m.) Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. Now the trail winds through a rocky path and the Khumbu glacier. After some moments, you retrace your steps back passing through the Khumbu glacier with panoramic views of Lobuche, Cholatse, Mt. Pumori and Tabuche. You can stay overnight at a lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545M) & Pheriche (4243 M)
You will take an early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the breathtaking view of sunrise. From Kala Patthar you can have the glimpse of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more peaks. Also here is the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post and foreign volunteer doctors are available here most time of the year to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as the local people. You can stay overnight at a lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche (3867 M)
Trek from Pheriche to Tengboche takes approximately four hours. It will be an easier descent passing through rhododendron forests and continues walking to Tengboche. It is a small village with a famous monastery offering you excellent views of Ama Dablam, massive green hills and river views. You can stay overnight at a lodge.
Day 13: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 M)
Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar which takes about four and half hours kicks off this day with the walk from Tengboche. It is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near to Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very beautiful on a long winding path. On the way you will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. From Khumjung village another 30 minutes walk brings you to the village of Khunde, where you can visit the Khunde Hospital funded by Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. After Khunde, a scenic and pleasant walk brings you to Namche for an overnight stay.
Day 14: Trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla (2886 M)
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla and it takes about five hours. The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. En route you can have great views of mountains and picturesque scenery. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote Koshi River crossing it three times. This last evening in the mountains is the best opportunity to organize a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, taste chhang (a locally brewed beer very popular on the mountains of Nepal) and do a jig to a Sherpa dance. You can stay overnight at a lodge.
Day 15: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
On this day, you will catch a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes around 30 minutes. After arriving in Kathmandu, you will then be transferred to the Hotel where you will stay overnight at a Hotel.
Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu
This is a free day in Kathmandu and you can use it for your shopping and buying mementos to your loved ones. In the evening we will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance. You can stay overnight at a Hotel.
Day 17: Final Departure
On this day, you will be transferred to the International Airport in Kathmandu from where you will catch a flight to your next destination.