Trek within 20km's of the highest mountain on Earth, with amazing views of her summit.
To see Everest with your own eyes, to witness sheer size and height is a sight you will never forget. Yet to reach a worthwhile viewing point, one must trek to the mountain village of Namche Bazaar. The journey will take 3 days of walking through mountain valleys crafted by tectonic movement and wild rivers. Yet the journey is worth the effort as you marvel at Everest and her companions from only 20km's away.
Note : We can run this trip for a family of 2 plus. If the dates do not suit we can run a private journey on dates that suit you at no extra charge.
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu! A Traditional Nepali Dinner and Cultural Dance
Your group leader will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel where you can relax, meet your teammates and take a stroll through Kathmandu’s bustling streets. We’ll enjoy a traditional Nepali dinner together and watch a cultural performance before getting much needed rest.
Day 2: Flight to Lukla (2800m/9186 ft), Trek to Phakding (2600m/8530 ft)
The short, steep Lukla airport is one for the books. After landing, we’ll make our way through farming communities and Sherpa villages before seeing our first views of the Dudh Koshi River. Since today’s walk will be an easy one, you can comfortably take in the landscape and valley views. Over dinner at our Phakding teahouse, your guide will prepare you for tomorrow’s journey.
Day 3: This is a short day with a trek to Monjo just in the valley below Namche Bazaar.
Day 4: Namche Bazaar (3450 m/11318 ft)
Namche is what postcards are made of! To get there, we’ll cross suspension bridges passing over rushing rivers and framing snow-capped peaks. Your trekking team will be sure to wake you with ample time to enjoy the day. We’ll pass several mountain villages before we head up to Namche where we will be by lunch. On the way we may get our first views of Mount Everest.
Day 5: Exploring the area of Namche
Wake early to see golden mountain peaks and sip tea before we stroll to the Everest View Hotel with amazing views of Everest herself. We will then take it easy on the way, exploring small temples and the village of Namche Bazaar itself.
Day 6: Rest Day and exploring the area further. There are many small trails from Namche so if you feel energetic we can take these and see what we find.
Day 7: Phakding
We will retrace our footsteps and head back to Phakding for the night. This is a great experience as you know the area. We may even stop at a small cake stall for a local or international delicacy.
Day 8: Lukla
You would have walked through Lukla at the start of your journey but today we arrive back into this small and interesting town where you will be able to explore the area.
Day 9: Kathmandu
We are back in Kathmandu today for a little rest. You will have a chance to explore Thamel, a lively area selling every imaginable Nepalese product.
Day 10: Kathmandu City Tour: Buddhist Temple and Hindu Shrine
Visit some of Kathmandu’s most noteworthy sights, including the white dome of Boudhanath and UNESCO’s Pasupatinath. You will learn about Nepal’s religious diversity while seeing ancient religious practices firsthand. At night, we’ll discuss the itinerary for our trek and what to expect in the days leading to Everest Base Camp.
Day 11: We will make an early morning drive to Chitwan National Park, approximately 4.5 hours. We will pass through small towns and agricultural areas where we will see farmers tending to their crops. After lunch we will arrive at Chitwan and undertake a small afternoon safari.
Day 12: Chitwan has an amazing biodiversity with over 60 species of mammals alone. The day will be split into two with Safaris in the morning and 1 after lunch. The Terai and the jungles that form this area are home to many species of wildlife including the One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile. The park harbors not only the world’s largest terrestrial mammal (wild elephant) but also the world’s smallest terrestrial mammal (pygmy shrew).
Day 13: Today we leave the Terai and head back to Kathmandu.
Day 14: Departure
Say goodbye or “Pheri Betaula” to new friends and get ready to edit many photos on your departure flight. Your leader will be there to wish you well on your journey home.