one: Arrive Katmandu and transfer to the Everest Hotel. We
meet for a dinner and a night of traditional song and dance.
A tour of the Katmandu valley leads us to Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath
Hindu temple with its cremation ghats and my favorite, Syanboudhanath,
the “: Monkey Temple.”:
Day three: Fly to Lukla for the
landing experience of a lifetime and a chance to sort gear.
four: We begin our trek moving downhill and along the river to Phakding.
Day five: Past stone walled fields and waterfalls then up through
a quiet forest to Namche Bazaar.
six: Photo day in Namche Bazaar and an optional day hike to Khunde.
Day seven: Back on the trail and now with our yaks. In the morning
we should get our first view of Everest. The day ends at Thengboche.
Day eight: In the morning along the trail we take time to look for
red pandas. In the afternoon we pass the small village of Pangeboche
with its famous stone cutter and Yeti legends. The day ends outside
the village of Dingboche.
Day nine: Photo day. Spend time lounging
under the north face of Ama Dhablam or join in the optional hike
up valley to Chunking.
Day ten: We trek past the foot of the Khumbu
Glacier and the climbers memorial to a camp near Lobuche.
Photo day and a chance to explore the glacier and surrounding area
Day twelve: We move up to Gorak Shep. Gorak Shep means dead bird
in Nepali and since we have taken plenty of time to acclimatize
none of us will be a dead bird.
Day thirteen: day hike to Everest
Base Camp and up close view of the Khumbu Icefall.
Optional morning hike to the summit of Kala Patar and then down
fifteen: On to Nhalha. You should find that you are feeling very
strong now and eager for more trekking.
Day sixteen: Up the Gokyo
valley to a rocky, windswept camp near the lakes.
Day hike to the summit of Gokyo Ri and the grandest mountain view
in the world.
Day eighteen: Down to Macherma.
Day nineteen: On to
Day twenty: Back to Namche Bazaar and chocolate cake from
the German bakery. This is a great place to buy yak bells and blankets.
Now is the time.
Day twenty-one: Remember Phakding?
Day twenty-three: Return flight to Katmandu and the airplane
take off of a life time.
Day twenty-four: Tour to the 16th century
city of Baktapur and an afternoon shopping in Katmandu. In the evening
we have a farewell dinner and a chance to exchange addresses if
you haven’t already done so.
Day twenty-five: Transfer to
airport and begin the journey home.