Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu (1350m.) to Jiri (1905m) about 188 km – we reckon this takes about 8 hours.
Our journey begins with an eastward drive from Kathmandu by passing Bhaktapur, Banepa, Dhulikhel, Dolalghat, Lamasanghu, a part of the Araniko Highway and turn to right from Lamasangu for the Jiri road passing through scenery lush green hills as well as snowcapped mountains. The road is quite narrow but it is smooth. Jiri is a town named after Jirel, the majority people who inhabit this town and area. Overnight at our lodge.
Day 2: Trek from Jiri (1905m) to Deurali (2705m) which takes about 6 and half hours.
Our trek starts with a gentle ascent for the first two hours to Mali Danda (2440m.) and then it follows gently descending path to Shivalaya (1800m.) where we could take lunch and hang around. After our lunch, the trail steeply goes up for an hour and rest of the day is gently up to Deurali. We could enjoy the green scenery as well as some of the snow-capped mountains at a far distance. Overnight at our lodge
Day 3: Trek from Deurali (2705m.) to Sete (2400m.) this takes approx 5-6 hrs
The starting of our trek steeply descends for an early hour to Bhandar (2250m.) and then gently descends to Kenja (1600m.) where we could enjoy our lunch. After our lunch, our trek goes steeply up to the next destination. En-route, we could enjoy agricultural farm scenery where locals work hard. In addition to this, we could pass through Sherpa villages with beautiful mountain views. Overnight at our lodge
Day 4: Trek from Sete (2400m.) to Junbesi (2675m.) this will take about 5-6 hrs
To begin our trek, we should climb steeply for an early two hours passing through Dagchu, Goyem, a small Sherpa settlements. Then our trek starts gently up to the Lamjura Pass (3500m.) through rhododendron forest. After the pass, rest of the trek is gently descent to the next destination. On this route, we could enjoy some of the snow capped mountains such as the "Goa of the Solu". Besides this, we could see some wildlife such as playful monkeys and many species of birds. Overnight at our lodge
Day 05: A day for Rest at Junbesi
We hang around or visit Thubten Chholing Monastery known as Nunnery Monastery on a two hours side trip after 3 days of rugged hiking. This rest is good for our bodies but we shouldn’t remain idle. Overnight at our lodge
Day 06: Trek from Junbesi (2675m.) to Nunthala (2200m.) which takes approximately 6 hours.
The beginning of our trek is gently ascent for early one and half hours to Phurtung (2900m.). From this place, we could see first view of Mount Everest including Thamserku (6623m.), Kantega (6780m.), Kusum Kangaru (6370m.) and Mera Peak (6650m.) our trek is flat and gently descending to Ringmo Khola (2500m.). Immediately, your trail is steeply up for one and half hours to the Takshindo La Pass (3100m.). From this point, we could see excellent mountain views. At the end of your trek is steeply descent to the town Nunthala (2200m.) through small Sherpa settlement and forest. Overnight at our lodge
Day 07: Trek from Nunthala (2200m.) to Bupsa (2350m.) and it takes about 6 hours.
The beginning of our trek gently descends to the Dudh Koshi river (Milk River) for an early two hours passing through agricultural farming land and small Sherpa and Rai settlements. From Dudh Koshi River, our trail is a gentle ascent all the way to Kharikhola (2050m.) passing through Juving (1680m.) a pretty big Rai village and farming lands. From Kharikhola our trail follows flat path for 45 minutes and then steeply up to the camp (Bupasa) where we could visit Buddhist Monastery in ruined state. Overnight at our lodge
Day 08: Trek from Bupsa (2350m.) to Surkey (2400m.) which we reckon to be about 5-6 hrs
After breakfast, we start our day by ascending steeply for the early two hours to Khari La Pass (2880m.) hiking through rhododendron and oak forest including a small Sherpa settlements and teashops. From this point, we could see excellent views of different mountains such as Numbu (6960m.), Cho-oyu (8201m.), Gyangchung Kang (7922m.) and Thamserku (6629m.). Now, your trail is gently descent and flat to Chaubar (2730m.) passing through Bamboo forest and Puiyan (2770m.) with view of Khumbu Valley as well as beautiful mountains. Towards the end of the day, our trail steeply descends up to the next destination of Surkey which is a small Sherpa village at the bottom of Lukla. Overnight at our lodge
Day 09: Trek from Surkey (2400m.) to Phakding (2652m.) which takes about 4 hours.
The first part of the trek is gently ascent for early 2 hours to Chhiplung (2700m.), a junction road to Jiri and Lukla passing through Mushe (2650m.). From this place, the road is quite broad and busy. Now, our trail is almost flat and gently descent and ascent to Phakding. This is a short trek after 3 long days trek. We could hang in and around Phakding village. Overnight at our lodge
Day 10: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about 4-5 hrs.
This day we trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo(2800m.) 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. We can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. We can also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. This is a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight at our lodge
Day 11: Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization and we do some excursion around.
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, teashops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization we walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse,Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. Overnight at our lodge in Namche
Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame [3739m] and it takes about 4 hours.
From Namche the route turns west and the trail is almost level as we head up the Bhote Koshi Valley, once a popular trading route into Tibet. Along the way we pass many prayer flags, mani walls and carved stones, all indicative of the Tibetan Buddhist culture of this area. After descending to the Bhote Kosi the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here there are good views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde and to the north is the Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. Thame Gompa is situated above the village overlooking the valley and is the site for the spring celebrations of the Mani Rimdu festival. This is a famous village in the region – overnight at our lodge
Day 13: Trek from Thame to Khumjung [3790m] and it takes about 5 hours.
We revert to our route down the Bhote Kosi Valley towards Namche and branch off to follow a quiet trail to Khumjung. It is a charming village which also has its own Gompa at the top end of town. Here we can have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Overnight at our lodge
Day 14: Trek from Khumjung to Dole [4040m] which takes about 5 hours.
Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards Sanasa and then trail ascends up to Mongla(4000m.). From here, we can see panoramic views of various mountains. we trek steeply descend through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. We can enjoy delicious meal at Phortse Tenga (3650m.). Overnight at our lodge
Day 15: Trek from Dole to Machhermo [4410m] and it takes about 3 hours.
From Dole we climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and we will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. Overnight at our lodge
Day 16: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo [4750m] we feel this should take about 4 hours.
Today we head for the lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water Rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier.We climb a steep rocky path inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. we soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.) - Our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is splendid with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. Overnight at our lodge
Day 17: A day for Rest at Gokyo and we do some excursion in and around Gokyo valley.
Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers.Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumba glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. Today we can make a side trip to First Lake via the Fourth Lake. This is a lovely place to spend time in acclimatising – overnight at our lodge
Day 18: Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri [5340m] & Trek back to Thagnak [4650m] via Gokyo village – this we reckon takes about 4-5 hrs.
Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and we leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region - some say it is even far greater than Kala Patthar. After lunch it is a short walk to the village of Thagnak, situated by the shore of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Overnight at our lodge
Day 19: Trek from Thagnak to Dzongla (4843m.) via Chola pass (5420m.) this takes about 4-5 hrs.
Now we ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola pass. The pass we go through is covered with rocks. The Chola pass is most of the time covered with blue ice giving us a chilly sensation. Here we can also enjoy the panoramic views of various mountains. From here, the trail descends steeply down for an hour and then slightly descends all the way to Dzongla. Overnight at our lodge
Day 20: Trek from Dzongla to Gorakshep (5180m.) via Lobuche which takes about 5 hours.
From Dzongla the trail descends and ascends gently and contours around the west side of the Lobuche Khola, providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Everest. The trail coming from Pheriche meets at the Lobuche Khola ( Lobuche Stream). And this is where we crash out for the night
Day 21: Trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5337m.) and back to Gorakshep which takes about 4-5 hrs.
While trekking to Everest Base Camp we pass through a trail, which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. During the spring season, we can meet some expedition teams on their way to the Everest Base Camp. The numbers of teams are less in the autumn season. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and numerous mountains. We return to Gorak Shep for our overnight rest
Day 22: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Pheriche (4250m.) this ought to take about 6-7 hrs.
After a hot breakfast, we make an early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the views of a stunning sunrise, this is a mega experience. From Kala Patthar we can have panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more. Pheriche is the place where one can make phone calls to any part of the world. We also get to see the mountain Yaks in Pheriche. Yaks are normally regarded as the porters in this area. The town of Pheriche is a pretty windy area. Here we can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. The Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post is located hereabouts and foreign volunteer doctors provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as local people. Overnight at our lodge
Day 23: Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (3850m.) and it takes about 4 hours.
To reach Tyangboche, we pass through Pangboche village, which is known to have highest permanent settlement throughout the year in Khumbu region. The trail ascends and descends at a slow speed. Upon our arrival at Tyangboche village we come across the famous legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. There is a trekker's visiting centre where local Sherpas make an exhibition of different goods to be sold to interested trekkers. They also show a slide presentation about Sherpa people, culture, Buddhist religion and environmental development programs. Overnight at our lodge
Day 24: Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) which takes about 4 hours.
From Tyangboche, the trail descends steeply and slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250m.) crossing the Dudh Koshi.Now we have a glimpse of panoramic views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru . Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell the Tibetan goods. The way from Sanasa to Namche has small ups and downs with views of forests, scenery and silver capped mountains. Overnight at our lodge
Day 25: Trek from Namche to Phakding (2652m.) which takes about 4 hours.
The trails descend steeply for early one and half hours. After that, the path has small ups and downs to Phakding through Monjo. Its an enjoyable hike as we descend further, and now we can hike at our pace, enjoying the scenery on the way. Overnight at our lodge
Day 26: Trek from Phakding to Lukla [2800m] and it takes about 3 hours.
Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla. This is our last evening on these lovely mountains that has been home to us all of these weeks; this is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with our sherpa guides and porters whom we’ve come to know so well over the weeks, we can sample some chhang [mountain beer fermented from rice], try some Sherpa dancing, enjoy a special meal and reflect on a memorable trekking experience we will probably never ever forget. Overnight at our lodge
Day 27: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.
We take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. This will be a spare day to chill out in Kathmandu after a lengthy weary trekking program. We have the option to extend our trip to continue for a Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, or mountain biking; there’s a host of other activities we can choose from. At eventide, we will enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances hosted by Family Adventure Treks and Expeditions for the warm relationships developed over the weeks. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you or the group) Overnight at our hotel in Kathmandu.