- Day: 1
Arrive in Kathmandu.
Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Rugged Trails Nepal who will take to your hotel. Welcome drinks upon arrival at the hotel, free time until 6 pm. Evening welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant with authentic Nepali cuisine and cultural program.Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.
If you arrive late at night then your dinner will be on the next day.
- Day: 2
Sightseeing around Kathmandu.
After breakfast proceeds our short guided sightseeing tour at the Swayambhunath Temple. After Swayambhunath temple, we will visit another UNESCO World Heritage sites Patan Durbar Square, and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world.
After sightseeing drives back to the hotel and briefing of the rest of the trip plan. At the same time if you have to buy any trekking gear or things for the rest of the days Guide will help take you to the trekking equipment store in Thamel.
- Day: 3
Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding.
Wake Up early morning to take a flight to Lukla, you will receive a packed breakfast. From the Kathmandu domestic airport, we will take a 40 - 45 minutes flight to Lukla (9,186ft). Enjoy one of the most beautiful air routes in the world on a hillside surrounded by mountainous peaks. We will meet the rest of our crew members at the Lukla airport, a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After passing picturesque Sherpa villages, their fields of crops, and many monuments toward Tibetan Buddhism, we see a spectacular view of Kusum Kanguru just as we arrive in Phakding.
- Day: 4
Phakding - Namche Bazaar.
After breakfast, we head to Namche Bazaar. The path leads us across several suspension bridges while enjoying spectacular views of Thamserku. Following the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Monjo and officially enter Sagarmatha National Park. We continue along the river bank and eventually climb in altitude. We cross the highest suspension bridge of the Everest region, and again trek higher. We catch our first peak of Mt. Everest and continue to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a guest house.
- Day: 5
Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar.
Today is our acclimatization day. We must take time to let our bodies adjust to the difference in altitude, as the air is thinner here. We take a short day hike up to Sagarmatha National Park Museum and Khumjung Village. From the museum, we can see a perfect view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more Himalayan peaks. Afterward, we explore Namche Bazaar, a major trade center in the Khumbu region, densely populated by Sherpa people as well as trekkers who have finished or are preparing for the various Everest region treks. There is much to explore in the streets of Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a guest house. Day hike up to 3,700 m (12,139 ft)
- Day: 6
Namche Trek to Thame.
Today, we will walk approximately hours to Thame, a village situated at the end of the Khumbu Valley. You’ll be fascinated by the people there, who seem to be untouched by the effects of modernization. During the walk, we will pass a variety of Buddhist monuments, including prayer flags, shortens and carved Mani rocks. Overnight in a guest house.
- Day: 7
Thame Trek to Lungden.
Today we will walk uphill to Lungden. The path goes through Sherpa villages, nestled in the Himalayas. Throughout the hike, we'll observe the rich biodiversity found in the region. We might even share the road with Tibetan Yak Caravans, as villagers use the path as a trade route to and from Tibet. We can take out time climbing to Lungden. Overnight stay at lodge Lungden.
- Day: 8
Lungden - Renjo La Pass 5400 M (17,717 ft) to Gokyo (4790m).
We wake up slightly earlier today, as we’d like to get to the pass rather early. It will take approximately 6 hours to reach Gokyo Lake. The trail follows steep up and downs along a ridge. We cross over an icy stream and walk around the spectacular rock formations. The view that you will have from the top is amazing. We get to see several 7000m-8000m peaks in one quick gaze, as well as Kala Patthar. Overnight stay at Gokyo Lake.
- Day: 9
Gokyo rest, explore the Gokyo RI 5,400 M (17,717 ft).
We’ve got quite the adventure scheduled for today. The excursion to Gokyo Peak (or Gokyo Ri) begins early in the morning. The climb is steep for the first 30 minutes, and overall it takes about an hour to reach the top. From here, you will have a magnificent view of the high peaks, from west to east are Cho Oyu (8153m), Gyachung Kang (7922m), Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8501m) and Makalu (8481m). In addition, you can enjoy the magnificent views of the majestic Gokyo Lake from the top. Overnight stay in the Gokyo Lake.
- Day: 10
Gokyo to Thaknak (4750m). –3 Hours
Today we will be hiking short through the longest glacier of Nepal called Ngazumpa glacier. The afternoon we will explore nearby the hills on Thagnak and yoga continue. But today it will be almost easy and rest for hiking, which will prepare us for long hiking days and elevation gain to come. There is the icy part for a while and again the trail drops down through the huge rock and an easy walk at the end to get to the Zongla.
- Day: 11
Thagnak - Cho La pass 5,420 M (17,782 ft) to Dzongla.
We take an early breakfast and head on our way. The journey over the Cho La Pass (5330m) is a bit strenuous, though you can do it even with little to no mountaineering experience. It is suggested to carry warm clothing and some extra food. You will not encounter any technical problems, as there is a clear path between the rocks next to the icefall. After enjoying the spectacular scenery from the pass, we descend to Dzongla. Overnight stay in a guest house.
- Day: 12
Dzongla Trek to Lobuche.
After breakfast, we head to Lobuche (4910m) from Dzongla. The stunning Everest region views never stop, and today’s route offers plenty of them. We will see Dughla Lake with its beautiful surrounding landscape. Our trail joins up with the classic Everest Base Camp Trek trail as we continue to Lobuche. Overnight stay in a guest house.
- Day: 13
Lobuche - Gorak Shep 5,164 M (16,942 ft) - Everest Base Camp 5,380 M (17,600 ft) - Gorak Shep.
We are full of excitement today, ready to make our dreams come true. We have an early breakfast because we’ve got a long day ahead of ourselves. The trail to Gorakshep is mostly uphill and rocky. After having lunch and dropping our bags off at Gorakshep, we head to Everest Base Camp with our day pack. The trail is a steep, rocky incline. Everest Base Camp is located on the Khumbu Glacier, where we can see infamous Khumbu Icefall, Mt. Khumbutse and Pumori, though we are unable to see Mt. Everest. After we take some snaps and celebrate, we head back down to Gorakshep. Overnight at guest house.
- Day: 14
Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar 5,545 M (18,192 ft) and Trek to Lobuche.
After waking up early in the morning, we begin our climb to Kala Patthar. This is a major highlight of the Everest Base Camp Trek! The breath-taking views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and many others are right in front of us. After enjoying our time and taking some photos at Kala Patthar, we come back to Gorakshep and have a nice big breakfast. After, we descend to Lobuche. Overnight at guesthouse.
- Day: 15
Lobuche - Kongma La Pass 5,545 M (18,192 ft) - Chhukung.
Another day, another pass. We wake up early and take our breakfast. We’ll have to pack some extra water and dry food, as there will be no tea shop and water resource for a good portion of our day. As we ascend the Kongma La Pass, we get a jaw-dropping panorama of white peaks and turquoise alpine lake below us. The rest of the day, we are descending to Chhukung, a small village in a barren alpine landscape. Overnight at guesthouse.
- Day: 16
Chhukung Trek to Tengboche.
Slowly trek down to Dingboche and the trek continues down following towards Pangboche. After this, we take the same trails back which are used to trek up. The trails come all the way down to the river. We cross the river and take an hour's walk up through the forest to reach Tengboche. Overnight at guest house.
- Day: 17
Tengboche to Namche Bazaar.
We take a nice walk down to Namche through forests until we arrive to the riverside. We cross the river and take a walk up the hill for two hours and have a pleasant, flat walk until we reach to Namche along the same trail as we used before. Overnight at Namche.
- Day: 18
Namche Bazaar Trek to Lukla.
After having breakfast, we start to head down to Lukla. We enjoy the last views of Mt. Everest, already looking forward to seeing it again. We cross six suspension bridges and pass several Sherpa villages before arriving in Lukla. After crossing the highest of the bridges, we walk for another 3 hours to Phakding and stop for lunch. We arrive in Lukla after about 2.5 hours of walking after Phakding. Time to enjoy the last night of the Himalaya in Lukla! Rugged Trails Nepal request to all our trek members to give tips to Sherpa’s because this is what they expect at the end after the successful trip. Evening enjoys the last moment with Sherpa’s and packs for tomorrow's early morning flight back to Kathmandu.
- Day: 19
Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla.
Here we say bye to Khumbu region and fly back to Kathmandu. Check-in at the hotel and free time for shopping or exploring around Thamel. Evening Farewell dinner will be organized by rugged trails Nepal team. Overnight in Kathmandu.
- Day: 20
Transferred to the international airport on your flight schedule and if some have extra days in Nepal they can continue with other activities. If any help is needed for further plans feel free to contact rugged trails Nepal team.