This 18 days trek begins with an "eye opening" flight to Lukla at 9200 feet. The trek passes through the picturesque Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar to Gorak Shep culminating in the "ascent" of Kala Pattar (18000 feet from where classic views of Everest and its surrounding peaks are available. Most of the trek is spent above altitudes of 9800 feet in the Khumbu and Imja valleys whose skylines are dominated by the massive peaks of the Eastern Himalaya.
Although this is a short trek, by Nepal standards, there will be plenty of time to enjoy the culture of the Sherpas, visit ancient monasteries and learn how Lamaistic Buddhism influences Sherpa life. Stop at any of the numerous tea houses sip a glass of sweetened tea or Chang (millet beer) and get a taste of hospitality unique to the Sherpas
Beautiful, multi-hued prayer flags, prayer wheels and intricately-carved mani stones line every hilltop, rock wall and trail side singing prayers to the gods with every breeze and every passing traveller.
Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu a Third Eye Travel's representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your Hotel.
Day 02 Final preparation for trekking , Kathmandu
Free day in Kathmandu to make the final preparations for your trek or do some exploring on your own. We will be happy
to arrange sightseeing tours of the valley for you if you desire. Please ask for this service with our airport representative
Day 03 Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding
Early morning transfer to airport for flight to Lukla. The flight into Lukla is a lifetime experience, in itself. The airfieldis on
a slope and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 195 feet! Meet with your sirdar and the rest of
the crew. You will need to identify your luggage which is to be made into loads and then while you have lunch your crew
will load these onto pack animals or get it ready for your team of porters. After lunch trek for a few hours along the Dudh
Kosi river to the village of Phakding at 9200 feet.
Day 04 Trek Phakding - Namche.
The trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Jorsale, where the trail officially enters the Sagarmatha National Park. There is an entrance station just beyond the village where trekking permits are checked and National Park fees collected.
Continue along the trail, crossing the Bhote Kosi River to begin the steep climb up to Namche Bazaar 11500 feet /3500 m., the administrative center of the Sagarmatha National Park and the hub of Sherpa society. Remember to look out for glimpses of Mt. Everest from the trail on the way to Everest.
Day 05 Trek Namche - Thami
A moderately easy and beautiful walk to the village of Thame 12500 feet., situated at an important
junction along the old primary trade route to and from Tibet via the Nangpa La (pass). The trail
leads west past a large array of prayer flags and mani stones - some of them very picturesque. After
the village of Thomde the trail descends to the river and makes a steep climb to Thame. About 4
hours from Namche.
Day 06 Trek Thami - Khumjung
Morning visit to Thame Monastery, then trek to the serene Sherpa village of Khunde and Khumjung.
Day 07 Trek Khumjung - Tengboche.
The trail leads past the large sherpa settlement of Khumjung and then descends deep into the Dudh
Kosi Valley at Pungki Thanka. The trail then ascends the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to
Thyangboche at 12500 feet, home to the famous Thyangboche Monastery, spiritual center of the
Khumbu. The climb is long but, more than adequately compensated by views of Mt. Amadablam
and on clear days views of Mt. Everest and it surrounding peaks. Amadablam means "Mother's
Charm Box" and is named after the little box that Sherpa women wear around their necks. It is also
one of the most beautiful mountains in the Himalaya.
Day 08 Trek Tengboche - Dingboche.
Descend through a beautiful forest then cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of
Pangboche. The route continues through summer pastures to Dingboche 4,400 m.
Day 09 Acclimazationi Day - Dingboche
This day will be spent acclimatizing. You can spend the day doing laundry or you can take a short
hike to Chukkung Valley. This valley is a summer pasture and contains a temporary settlement for
herders of the Khumbu and is at 14400 feet. The views from Chukkung and beyond are
Day 10 Trek Dingboche - Lobuje
Trek along a broad valley floor to Dughla, leaving behind the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche 13900
feet. A western volunteer doctor, supported by The Himalayan Rescue Association is stationed here
and offers treatment and consultation to trekkers. Continue up the valley gaining altitude. Come
out of the valley to descend to the yak pastures at Lobuche 16170 feet.
Day 11 Trek Lobuje -Ghorakshep
After a short climb through meadows, look down on the Khumbu Glacier. Straight ahead is
Kalapattar - the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding
peaks. Trek to Gorakshep and prepare for tomorrow's ascent of Kalapattar 18187 feet.
Day 12 Trek Ghorakshep-Kalapatter-Lobuje
This morning, those who are able will hike up Kala Pattar for unobstructed views of Everest and its
surrounding peaks. Most of the famous photographs of Everest were taken from atop this "bump"
on the landscape. In the afternoon, retrace your steps to Lobuche.
Those who are willing to see Everest Base Camp, can visit Everest Base Camp which is just 2 hours walk from Ghorakshep. However, you can not see Everest from Base Camp.
Day 13 Trek Lobuje - Tengboche
Follow the main Khumbu Valley down to Pheriche, site of the Himalayan Rescue Association's
Trekkers' Aid Post.
Easy walk along the Imja Khola with a visit to the gompa at Pangboche, then a short climb up to
the Thyangboche Monastery.
Day 14 Trek Tengboche - Namche
The trail descends steeply towards Pungki Thanka and another steep climb to Namche Bazaar.
Day 15 Trek Namche - Lukla
Down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla to catch your return
flight to Kathmandu. Weather permitting your trekking crew might prepare a farewell treat for you.
Day 16 Fly Lukla - Kahtmandu
Fly Lukla Kathmandu. You will be met at the Kathmandu airport and transferred to hotel.
Day 17 At leisure in Kathmandu.
At leisure in Kathmandu. You may like to take an optional tour in and around Kathmandu.
Day 18 Kathmandu - U.S. or an extension trip
Transfer to airport and fly to U.S. or an extension trip to Bhutan, India or Myanmar.