Day 1 Depart UK to Kathmandu
Day 2 Arrive Kathmandu
Day 3 Kathmandu day for preparation, shopping and sight seeing
Day 4 Flight to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2850m)
The flight to Lukla is approximately 45 minutes and will give you stunning views. Few realise the scale of the Himalayan mountain range and from the flight there will be views to take your breath away. There will be a leisurely pace in Lukla while kit and porters are organised then a gentle trek of around 2 hours to the village of Phakding.
Day 5 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
After breakfast the trek continues with a steady day trekking to Namche Bazaar. You will get some fantastic views including Thamserku, Everest and Lhotse. This is a tougher day of steeper terrain as you trek up to this famous Sherpa village.
Day 6 Namche Bazaar
This is an acclimatisation day. There will be a short walk to the Everest view hotel to take you to a higher altitude. Here you can take in the scenery over a drink on the balcony of a very luxurious hotel before returning later to Namche to rest. This village is a hive of activity, fun and vibrant with bars, shops and lodges.
Day 7 Phortse Tenga (3680m)
The trek continues through areas of Rhododendron, conifer and juniper forest. In the spring the flowers are stunning, colouring the landscape with a natural beauty. There will be the first views of Cho Oyu (8153m) today.
Day 8 Lhabarma (4330m)
The trail continues steadily upwards passing villages and settlements along the way. The views are wonderful and the pace steady to allow acclimatisation and to take in the beautiful scenery.
Day 9 Machheramo (4410m)
A shorter day taking you well over 4000 metres reaching Machheramo. Peaks seen from this area include Cho Oyu, Kantega and Thamserko.
Day 10 Machheramo
This is an acclimatisation day when you can take short walks in the area or simply rest and enjoy the views.
Day 11 Gokyo
From here you will head for Gokyo Lakes with a slight decent and following the river along side the Ngozumpa Glacier. You will pass several lakes which are simply stunning with the mountains around them reflected in their crystal clear waters.
Day 12 Gokyo Ri
Today will be an early start trekking quite steeply up to the summit of Gokyo Ri. From here you can see four of the forteen 8000 metre peaks in the world – Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu. There is the option to then trek to see the fourth and fifth lakes which are well worth the extra push to reach them. You will return to Machheramo for the night.
Day 13 Sanasa
You are now on the return trek coming down into richer air as you reach a lower altitude. The pace will be steady and likely a little faster with the downhill terrain and easier atmosphere.
Day 14 Namche Bazaar
Day 15 Namche Bazaar
Day 16 Phakding
Day 17 Lukla
Day 18 Lukla flight to Kathmandu
Day 19 Kathmandu rest day
Day 20 Depart Kathmandu
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