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Spend a week below Mt Everest exploring the region and its highlights.

Departure: Kathmandu
Duration: 8 days
Best season: October to May
Trek Grade: Moderate

This weeklong trek takes you through the Khumbu region of Nepal, bringing you close to the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest. Throughout the trek you will have magnificent views of Mt Everest [8848m], Lhotse [8501m], Nuptse [7879m], Ama Dablam [6856m], Thamserku [6608m] and Kantega [6685m], as well as the great glaciers, snowfields and ice ridges. You will experience the culture of amazing Sherpa villages and have the opportunity to visit many famous Buddhist monasteries.

The highest point on this trip is stunning Pangboche village with its old Gompa (monastery), at 3908 metres. Each day's walk involves six to seven, hours of moderately graded hiking. While the walking trails are not so hard, the altitude makes it more difficult than it other wise would be for those unaccustomed to walking at these heights.


Day 01: Flight to Lukla & Trek to Phakding [2656m]
Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar [3450m]
Day 03: Rest day in Namche Bazaar
Day 04: Trek to Tengboche [3846m]
Day 05: Excursion to Pangboche [3908m]
Day 06: Trek to Chumoa [2700m]
Day 07: Trek to Lukla [2800m]
Day 08: Flight to Kathmandu


Day 01: Flight to Lukla & Trek to Phakding [2656m]
A spectacular flight and hair raising landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2800m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail to our first camp near the river at Phakding.

Day 02: Trek to Namche [3450m]
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Our camp is near the bazaar at Namche.

Day 03: Rest day at Namche Bazaar
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, acclimatising to the new altitude before heading off towards Thame. Options for acclimatisation walks include a visit to Khunde, where you can see the famous hospital built by Sir Edmund Hillary, a vital part of health care in the region. Alternatively you can take the one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for an incredible sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the village.

Day 04: Trek to Tengboche [3846m]
Ascending from Namche Bazaar, we ascend past the airstrip at Syangboche and the Japanese-built Everest View Hotel, taking in the magnificent views up the valley towards Everest. We walk to the picturesque village of Khumjung (3786m) which has many beautiful houses and a gompa (Buddhist monastery) at the top end of town.

Heading east from Khumjung, we pass a large chorten and then descend to a bridge across the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga. From the river the trail ascends through a forest of pine and rhododendrons, before arriving at Tengboche Monastery. The views here are truly awesome, from the beautiful Ama Dablam to Lhotse and Everest at the head of the valley. The gompa is the largest in the Khumbu and, although it has been rebuilt since a tragic fire in 1989, it is well worth a visit.

Day 05: Excursion to Pangboche [3908m]
A day excursion today to Pangboche Monastery and the nunnery at Deboche. First we ascend to the lovely twin villages of Pangboche. New Pangboche has the tea houses and shops and Old Pangboche is home to the oldest monastery in the Khumbu. Founded in 1667, it houses relics said to be the skull and hand of a yeti. Today’s highlights are, not only the gompa and nunnery, but the truly magnificent views of Ama Dablam, one of the most stunning mountains in the Himalayas and the beautiful rhododendron forest just out of Tengboche.

Day 06: Trek to Chumoa [2700m]
From Tengboche, we head back down through the forest to Phunki Tenga with its water-driven prayer wheels. With last glimpses back to Everest and Lhotse, and possible sightings of thar and lammergeier, we make our way back down to Namche before descending further to camp by the river at Chumoa.

Day 07: Trek to Lukla [2800m]
Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the sherpa guides and porters, where we can sample some chang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable week!

Day 08: Flight to Kathmandu
Early breakfast and head to the airstrip for the return journey to Kathmandu.