Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu (1,330m): Upon your arrival, a representative from Adventure Treks Nepal UK will be waiting outside the airport gates to take you to the hotel. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in. Please let us know if there is anything special you would like to do while in Kathmandu and we can help you arrange that. (Overnight in Hotel Yak & Yeti or Similar).
Day 02: Cultural Tour in Kathmandu (1,330m) - (B): After breakfast in the Hotel we have a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu vally which takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. Including AM: Visit 2000 years old Buddhist shrine Swyambhunath, situated on the top of the hill west of the city the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the “Monkey Temple”. There are many small buildings and shrines down the hillside behind Swayambhunath. Explore the colorful Kathmandu Durbar Square - The Old Royal Palace of Kathmandu, Temple of living goddess Kumari, the Jagannath temple, 17th century temple known for colorfully painted erotic carvings, Kasthmandap temple a three story temple built from a single tree in 12th century.
PM: Visit Pashupatinath temple one of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the World. The holy river Bagmati and the burning ghats and also visit one of the oldest and biggest stupa of Boudhanath. (Overnight in Hotel Yak & Yeti or Similar).
Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2,652m), Trek to Phakding - (B/L/D): Transfer to domestic airport to board an incredible 45-minute mountain flight through the Himalayas. From Lukla, we trek downhill towards the Dudh Koshi (milky river), a raging river that flows from the glacier of the highest mountains. The trail is fairly easy and well marked and meanders around the fields of potatoes and wheat. We will pass through many traditional villages to reach the vicinity of Phakding for our first overnight stay. Average trekking time is 3 to 4 hours. (Overnight in Hotel Mountain resort or Similar).
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) - (B/L/D): After Breakfast we start our trek passing through pine forest, rhododendron, magnolia and cultivated terraces. We cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river of the day before. We are now in the Sagarmatha National Park proper. We will often see groups of yaks carrying trek gear and goods being traded along the trail. Spectacular mountain peaks like Nupla (5,885m), Kongde Ri (6,093 m) and Thamserku (6,808m) rise majestically above us throughout most of the day. Average trekking time is 5 to 6 hours. (Overnight in Hotel Camp de Base or Similar).
Day 05: Acclimatization day, day hike to Shyangboche (3,833m) - (B/L/D): It’s important to spend an extra night at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization purposes before venturing higher. There is plenty to do around the valley’s central trading hub. We will do a short day hike up to the Everest View Hotel in Shyangboche for stunning views of Ama Dablam and Mount Everest. Average trekking time is 2 to 3hours. (Overnight in Hotel Camp de Base or Similar). Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche (3,780m) - (B/L/D): We leave for Thyangboche early in the morning after breakfast. The trail follows around the ridges and offers spectacular views of Ama Dablam. Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon before we descend through splendid rhododendron forests for lunch. After lunch we cross Dudh Koshi river once again and begin a long winding ascent that takes us to the famous Buddhist monastery of Thyangboche (built in 1912 and considered the spiritual and cultural center of these highlands). The monastery has been recently re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after it was destroyed by fire in 1989. As this area is a devout Buddhist region, the wild life is unharmed so there is always a possibility that we may see some wild animals such as musk deer, mountain goat and Pheasants in the forest. Average trekking time is 4 to 5 hours. (Overnight in Hotel Himalaya or Similar).
Day 07: Trek to Khumjung (3,780 m) - (B/L/D): It is a comfortable day walk, with plenty of time to explore these unique and more traditional villages until we reach the " City in the clouds ", Khumjung where Sir Edmund Hillary built " School house in the clouds" and famous Khude hospital. On the way, as we pass through terraced fields we may see a brightly coloured pheasent, the Imphieant Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal. We will also be able to visit the Khumjung monastry where we may have an opportunity to see the famous "Scalp of Yeti". O/N in Lodge. Average trekking time is 4-5 hours. (Overnight in Hotel Hidden Valley or Similar).
Day 08: Trek to Phakding (2652) - (B/L/D): Though, we are returning back, there are still more things to see on the way like Everest View Hotel nearby on a hill top with views of the mountains including Everest, where you can stop for refreshment before passing through the yak breeding farm and descending to Namche Bazaar. After leaving the heart of Sherpa people's city Namche, we continue to descend through the rhododendron forest to the valley floor to follow the Dudh Koshi downhill and then out of the national park to Phakding where we spend our night. Average trekking time is 4-5 hours. (Overnight in mountain resort or Similar).
Day 09: Trek to Lukla (2,652m) - (B/L/D): We retrace our steps along the river Dudh Koshi. It is a beautiful and easy walk through pine and rhododendron forest with a view of Kusum Kanguru and other splendid mountains behind us before a gradual climb out of the river valley to the trek starting point Lukla to savor our final mountain sunset of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey. Average trekking time is 03-04 hours. (Overnight in Khumbu Resort or Similar).
Day 10: Fly Back to Kathmandu - (B): Early morning we once again board our flight through the Himalayan mountain range back to Kathmandu. On arrival, we are transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free. This day also acts as a buffer day in case our flight to or from Lukla is cancelled for weather reasons. (Overnight in Hotel Yak & Yeti or Similar).
Day 11: Free day in Kathmandu (1,330m) Free day - (B): There are plenty of interesting sites to visit in the Kathmandu valley like the Old Palaces at Patan, Bhaktapur, Durbar square, Swayambhunath (the monkey temple or you may wonder down town Thamel to shop for souvenirs and sample the various restaurants of Kathmandu. We are happy to offer you some recommendations. (Overnight in Hotel Yak & Yeti or Similar).
Day 12: Fly back home (1,330m) - (B): We will transfer you to the airport and assist with check-in procedures.
Note: Weight Limit 10 KG in Duffle bag and 5 KG in day pack on Domestic flight.
If you are looking for a short and comparatively easy trek around Everest region that still offers tons of opportunities to observe the spectacular beauty of the Himalayas, as well as introduces you to the vibrant culture of the Sherpa people, then this trek is for you. This expedition is perfect for beginners, people having the fear of altitude sickness, and those having just few days to travel but want to experience the real unforgettable Himalayan feeling.
Everest Family Trekking goes through the Khumbu valley, savoring the high mountain views and experiencing Buddhist local culture from one village to the next while in the company of our experienced guides. This spectacular adventure culminates at the beautiful Thyangboche Monastery, which is still operational with resident monks. You may also get a chance to attend one of the ceremonies.