Day 1 - Arrive & Transfer to Hotel

Arrive Kathmandu & transfer to 4-star hotel. You'll be greeted by our representative holding an Inspire Alpine® sign outside the airport arrivals hall. We'll transfer by bus or minivan (45 minutes) to the Maya Manor boutique hotel where we'll have a briefing, met our local guides, complete a kit check and have dinner together.

Expedition Leader & Everest summiteer Ricky Munday will deliver an inspirational talk about his failure and success on Everest.

Day 2 - Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding

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Early in the morning (02:00) we transfer by road from Kathmandu to Manthali* (4.5h) and check in at Ramechhap Airport for a spectacular and breath-taking flight to the Sherpa village of Lukla (2,800m)

The trail passes through the Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Memorial gate - Pasang Lhamu Sherpa was the first Nepalese woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. As the trail goes down to Cheplung village of Sherpa settlements, from Cheplung, the trail crosses a suspension bridge over the Thado Kosi, where we'll stop for lunch at a tea house and enjoy incredible views up the west and southwest faces of Kusum Kanguru (6,367m). Kusum Kanguru means the Three Snow-White Gods, and has three summits – main (6,367m), East (6,356m), and West (5,579m).

The trail passes Ghat and continues through pine forest from to the brightly painted lodges of Phakding (2,660m), where we'll spend the night. Phakding hosts a 500-year-old monastery, prayer wheels and and gompas.

Day 3 - Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar

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The trail from Phakding leads through several Sherpa villages including Tok Tok, Zamfute and Benkar, where we'll stop for tea, before reaching reach Monjo village, where we enter Sagarmartha National Park. If time allows, we can visit the small visitor centre there. 

From here, the trail continues across a suspension bridge over the Dudh-Koshi river at Jhorsale village, which also marks the confluence of the Dudh-Koshi and Bhote-Koshi rivers. We'll eat a fresh & delicious lunch at a tea house here.

The track then starts to rise up Namche Hill - the first big ascent - it's essential to take a slow and steady pace, before reaching Namche Bazaar (3,440m), the Sherpa capital and heart of the Khumbu. (6/7 hours)

Day 4 - Acclimatisation day, Namche

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Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar. We can spend the day taking short walks up to Thami or Khumjung, visiting the Everest, Ama Dablam and Pumori viewpoints or just relaxing and exploring the narrow streets of Namche.

We may take a hike up to the Everest View Hotel for tea, or visit the nearby Sherpa Museum at 3,555m, where you can learn about the Sherpa culture, Sagarmatha National Park and have your photo taken next to a huge statue of Tenzing Norgay.

Day 5 - Trek Namche to Debuche

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From Namche Bazaar, the trail climbs steadily uphill for a few hours through dense juniper forest and Sherpa villages before reaching Kyangjuma, where we’ll take tea at the Ama Dablam lodge.

From here, another trail heads to the left towards the Gokyo Lakes trek but we continue right. The mountain views really open up now, with superb views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam while descending down to Lawichasa and Tashinga villages.

From here, we walk through dense, tall rhododendron forests and cross suspension bridges, with a lunch stop at Phunki Thanga. A couple of hours after lunch we’ll pass through Tengboche, which boasts the largest monastery in the Everest region.

Late in the afternoon, we’ll arrive at Debuche (3,730m). (6/7 hours)

Day 6 -Trek Debuche to Dingboche

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A great day’s walking through rhododendron trees that gradually guide us back to and across the river Imja Khola and into Pangboche, a great viewpoint for Ama Dablam, where we’ll take tea.

We then turn up the Imja valley following a more arid, boulder-strewn landscape where we can see the trail to basecamp at Ama Dablam (6,856m). We’ll start walking uphill from Orso village along the Imja river valley to reach the delightful, picturesque village of Dingboche (4,365m). We’ll also have great views of Island Peak (Imja Tse – 6,189m) (5 hours)

Day 7 - Acclimatisation day, Dingboche

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This is an important acclimatisation/rest day with a few options - ascend to 5,080m on a ridge outside Dingboche, with sensational views of multiple 6 and 7,000m peaks; trek up to Chukung Village; or, an optional short trek to Pheriche, where there is a hospital run by the Himalayan Rescue Association.

We'll have excellent views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Chukung Peak and Island Peak (Imja Tse - 6,189m) from both the valley or from the ridge above the village. Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 8 -Trek Dingboche to Lobuche

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We leave Dingboche and trek to Thukla for an early lunch of tea and soup. This section of trail offers fantastic view of many Himalayan peaks: Taboche (6,542m), Cholatse (6,440m), Ama Dablam (6,856m), Pumori (7,161m), Khumbutse (6,636) and Lhotse (8,516m).

Thukla, also known as Dughla, lies at the very end of the Khumbu glacier. As we navigate the steep moraine of the Khumbu Glacier above Thukla, we’ll be reminded of the fragility of life in the mountains - at the top of a steep incline are memorial chortens for fallen climbers.

We’ll continue along the trail to reach Lobuche (4,930m), our next stop (5 hours).

Day 9 -Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep

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Leaving Lobuche, we’ll trek next to the glacial moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to the crossing of the Changri Glacier and on to the seasonal settlement of Gorakshep (5,164m).

We'll continue trekking for two hours up to the legendary Everest Base Camp (5,350m), where we’ll pose for photos, savour the magical views of the Khumbu icefall and marvel at the bravery and skill of the icefall doctors, then return to Gorakshep.

Gorakshep is a frozen lakebed covered with sand and was the original Everest Base Camp, used by the Swiss expedition of 1952, in which Tenzing Norgay played a huge part.

Day 10 -Ascend Kala Patthar and trek out to Dingboche

We'll make an early ascent of Kala Patthar (5,554m) to catch a classic sunrise view of Everest, and descend to Dingboche. Kala Patthar is a Hindi name and translates to "black rock". The peak is a notable landmark located on the south ridge of Pumori, with spectacular views from the top – and especially of Everest. Below you the Khumbu Glacier snakes towards the Khumbu icefall and Western Cwm. The view south (our route in and out) looks particularly beautiful.

In the afternoon we make the return trek out to the sheltered village of Dingboche. This afternoon we could choose to walk up the ridge behind Dingboche for sunset views of Nuptse, Lhotse and Chukhung Peak.

Day 11 -Trek from Dingboche to Chukhung

Trek Dingboche to Chukung (4,730m)

Day 12 -Trek Chukhung to Island Peak Base Camp

Chukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,087m)

Day 13 -Summit Day, return to Dingboche

An early start from Base Camp will allow us to scramble up onto the glacier as the sun rises. An obvious route weaves through the crevasses until the steep climb on fixed lines leads to a truly awe-inspiring summit ridge, with views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam and Baruntse. Abseil descent, pack up camp and trek back down to Dingboche (14h)

Day 14 -Trek out from Dingboche to Namche

We'll enjoy the lower altitude walking and the tea houses as we descend to Namche. Each step takes us down to warmer climes and thicker air.

Day 15 -Trek out from Namche to Lukla

We'll trek out from Namche to Lukla and stay close to the airport tonight.

Day 16 -Fly Lukla to Mantahali, transfer to Kathmandu

We'll take a stunning early flight from Lukla to Mathali over forests and villages, drive to Kathmandu (4h) and return back to the comforts of our hotel in - this is a good time to buy souvenirs, haggle with the local shopkeepers or visit some of Kathmandu's historic monuments. We'll have a celebratory meal tonight.

Day 17 -Spare day

If we're back in Kathmandu with no weather delays, you'll have a free day to explore Kathmandu's bustling streets and significant landmarks.

Day 18 -Depart

Depart Kathmandu, return home

*Please note that the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has restricted flights from Kathmandu to Lukla for trek operators – all flights to Lukla now depart from & arrive to Ramechhap airport in Manthali, which is around 4 hours by road from Kathmandu.