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Detailed Itinerary

Day 0 (Apr. 15/16): Departure for KATHMANDU

Day 1 (Apr. 17): KATHMANDU - 4,383 feet
All flights cross the date line and consequently a day is lost in addition to travel time. Our flights from various departure cities will put us in Kathmandu by 11pm on April 17th. We will stay at the famous 5-Star Yak-n-Yeti Hotel.

Day 2 (Apr. 18): KATHMANDU - 4,383 feet
While we wrap up last minute paperwork with the Nepal government, we have arranged for a city tour visiting the palaces, Durbar Square, Hindu temples and shrines, Buddhist stupas - or relaxing at the hotel. A favorite destination is the Monkey Temple, a Buddhist temple situated on a small hill that offers panoramic views of the city. Or we can join the thousands of Hindus who venture to the Pashupatinath temple, one of the most famous Hindu temples in Nepal and the most famous Shiva temple in Asia.

Day 3 (Apr. 19): Fly KATHMANDU to LUKLA then hike to PHAKDING - 8,700 feet
We fly on a twin-engine Otter to the Himalayan foothills where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The sights from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic views of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing in the village of Lukla (9,350 feet), we meet the rest of our staff and porters and trek for about two and a half hours to Phakding (net decline in altitude). Overnight in Phakding in your first of many quaint Sherpa teahouse lodges where we will have the comfort of a bed (instead of sleeping on the ground in a tent) and we will enjoy the hearty meals prepared by our gracious Sherpa hosts. HikingTime: 2.5 hours

Day 4 (Apr. 20): NAMCHE BAZAAR -11,300 feet
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views of Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region. Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 5 (Apr. 21): NAMCHE BAZAAR -11,300 feet
Today is an active rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town, before the clouds move in, reward climbers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam. On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. One room highlights the Sherpa traditions and in another, Sherpa high altitude climbers are presented.

Day 6 (Apr. 22): THYANGBOCHE - 12,887 feet
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We spend the night next to the Thyangboche (or Tengboche) Monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. Inside this sacred monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. With luck, our group will see the Lama perform a ceremony and hear the mystical chanting and music. Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 7 (Apr. 23): DINGBOCHE - 14,250 feet
From Thyangboche, the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche among thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 8 (Apr. 24): DINGBOCHE - 14,250 feet
Today we take another active rest and acclimatization day. There is the option of taking a light hike up the valley to Chukhung for a wider variety of photos of the valley and mountains of the Khumbu region. It is here, at 14,000+ feet that people really feel the effects of altitude so staying this extra day allows the body to adjust better.

Day 9 (Apr. 25): LOBUCHE - 16,175 feet
Today’s trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials called “chortens”, symbolizing the many climbers who have perished on Everest. This is a sacred place that commands respect for the mountain and reminds climbers of the dangers they will face above Base Camp. We will see a large chorten for Scott Fischer who died in the 1996 Everest disaster, along with many others.

Day 10 (Apr. 26): GORAK SHEP - EVEREST BASE CAMP - 17,000 - 17,575 feet
Today we will continue our trek to the famed Everest Base Camp. We start early from Lobuche and trek along the western side of the broad Khumbu Valley, through meadows and over scree slopes, as we continue beside the moraine of the huge creaking glacier. The trail is rough in parts and it is important to progress slowly as we are now above 5000m for the first time. Most trekking groups are not permitted into the actual Base Camp area and can only observe and take photos from a distance. However we will have a special invitation to be allowed entry and see the inner workings of a climbing team and their expedition site and equipment. Upon arrival in Base Camp we will meet climbers making their way down from higher camps getting acclimatized to the altitude and preparing for their summit attempts. We’ll spend part of the day at Everest Base Camp located at the foot of the magnificent Khumbu Icefall, and get an up-close and personal feeling for what it's like for climbers to enter this magically beautiful but also most hazardous part of the Everest climbing route. Return to Gorak Shep that evening.

Day 11 (Apr. 27): KALA PATTAR - PANGBOCHE - 17,000 - 18,450 feet
After an early morning start from Gorak Shep, we ascend Kala Pattar and reach the highest point on our incredible journey. Here we will enjoy famous views of the summit of Mt. Everest, without having to climb this daunting but majestic peak! The ascent takes approx. 2 hours of steady walking, stopping occasionally to take in the view of the increasing bulk of Everest. From the summit it is possible to see many of the key features of this great mountain – including the South Col and the Hillary Step which are clearly visible. After spending time taking photographs and experiencing the greatest mountain view in the world we descend back to Gorak Shep and then start our walk out to Pangboche (13,074ft) for the evening.We can now look forward to a reduction in altitude and easier going, as we descend back down the trail that we trekked up only a few days ago. The walking now seems easier due to the fact that our bodies are acclimatized, and our thoughts turn to the climbers we met who are now making their way up towards the summit.

Day 12 (Apr 28): NAMCHE BAZAAR - 11,300 feet
Today we trek back along the Dudh Kosi River through a magnificent rhododendron forest and past brilliant waterfalls. Shortly before reaching Namche, the trek takes us through a pine forest, where musk deer often graze in the early morning. Arriving in town, we may see lowland porters, highland Sherpas, and Tibetan people trading food and supplies during Namche’s market time. We likely will stay at the same lodge as before or similar with warm showers and a comfortable bed.

Day 13 (Apr 29): LUKLA - 9,350 feet
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. Warm showers & cold beers await for celebration.

Day 14 (Apr 30): KATHMANDU - 4,383 feet
If the weather is clear, the morning flight back to Kathmandu will be a scenic and smooth farewell to the mountains. Free afternoon and evening to relax at hotel, buy souvenirs in Thamel, email home, etc.

Day 15 (May 1): KATHMANDU - 4,383 feet
In the morning, we can watch Kathmandu rise in prayer along the banks of the holy river Bagmati at Pashupatinath, with burning ghats similar to the Ganges in India. Or we can visit the Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath and explore the temples in the city of Patan. Final celebration dinner!

Day 16 (May 2): DEPART
Depart Kathmandu waving goodbye to the Himalayas and fly home with a camera full of breathtaking images and a heart full of culturally rich experiences that will change the way you look at life forever.

Important note on itinerary: Although we do our best to follow the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change due to weather, route conditions, and other factors beyond our control. For example, should there be flight delays going into Lukla due to weather, which is a common occurrence, an extra night in Kathmandu may be required at the beginning of the schedule. In this case we will have only one night in Kathmandu at the end of the itinerary in order to maintain our original flight schedules home. Please be prepared for this possibility as well as any other unexpected changes or surprises, which can often occur when traveling to lesser developed regions of the world. Remember this is an adventure!

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