Trip Leader

Manal Rostom

Manal is Egypt’s most prominent female mountaineer and marathoner. On May 16, 2022, she made history by becoming the first Egyptian Woman to climb Mt. Everest (hence, the current EBC-trek is to commemorate and celebrate this success). Besides Everest, Manal has summited two more of the 7 Summits – Kilimanjaro and Elbrus – along with many other mountains, including Mt Blanc in 2018 (which, she was the first Egyptian woman to summit). She has also run numerous marathons, being the first Egyptian to have run 5 out of the 6 major marathons plus the Great Wall of China Marathon in 2016. Finally, she is famous for being Nike’s first Hijabi athlete and Ambassador. Manal decided to use her reputation and recognition to empower women who choose to wear hijab, shatter stereotypes, and support minorities and underrepresented communities worldwide. As a result, she founded the Surviving Hijab Facebook Group: a one-million, women-only, closed group, and she was recognized in 2019 by Facebook for the successful impact this group is making to the lives of millions of people. Under the title of “Surviving Hijab”, Manal has already led two expeditions in collaboration with Rahhalah: one on Kilimanjaro, the second on EBC, to raise awareness about tolerance, inclusivity, and equality.
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Manal Rostom

Rahhalah's Brand Ambassador Mountaineer & Marathoner

Itinerary Details

The first view of Nepal from your plane window may become a cherished memory, as the clear, wide and snow-covered range of the Himalayas shines in front of your eyes. The beauty is so ecstatic and rare that you don’t want to miss a second. Welcome to Nepal: a small piece of Heaven on Earth. Upon your arrival at the airport, a Rahhalah representative will welcome you and escort you to your hotel. Accommodation: hotel in Kathmandu.
Early in the morning, you will head to the airport to catch your flight to Lukla: the starting point of your trek (2850m). After meeting the crew, you will head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding. Trekking time: approx. 3-4 hrs. Overnight in Phakding. *Note: Bottled water is not included and the trekkers have to purchase it separately, on their own, from the tea houses or the lodge.
From Phakding, you will cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges, until you pass Monjo and reach the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set up to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. You will then take a steep hike to Namche. On the way, if the weather is clear, you will get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in Khumbu with a busy Saturday bazaar: a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hrs. Overnight in Namche. *Note: Bottled water is not included and the trekkers have to purchase it separately, on their own, from the tea houses or the lodge.
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you will visit Khunde Hospital, established by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one-hour walk to the Everest viewpoint to watch the sun setting on AmaDablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. You can also enjoy beautiful views from the National Park Centre and Museum. Overnight in Namche. *Note: Bottled water is not included and the trekkers have to purchase it separately, on their own, from the tea houses or the lodge.
From Namche, the trail contours on the side of the valley, high above Dudh Kosi. On the way, you will get your first, outstanding views of the high peaks of Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and AmaDablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, you will descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch. After lunch, you will ascend to Tengboche following a steep, zig-zagging path. Although the trail is tiring, it offers many views of rhododendron bushes and superb mountain scenery. At the top, you will reach Tengboche Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Sherpa community, situated at 3,867 m. It was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu and has been destroyed twice: in 1934 by an earthquake and in 1989 by a fire. However, given its value, especially since all the Everest expeditions pass by there to receive a blessing, the monastery has been successfully rebuilt and is part of the “Sacred Sites Trail Project” of the Sagarmatha National Park. Trekking time: approx. 5-6 hrs. Overnight in Diboche. *Note: Bottled water is not included and the trekkers have to purchase it separately, on their own, from the tea houses or the lodge.
In the morning, you will continue hiking, heading now to Dingboche. The trail starts with a descent passing through a forest and crosses Imja Khola before climbing steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village is directly opposite Ama Dablam (6,856 m), and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. Two more hours of hiking will bring you to Dingboche where you will rest for the night. Trekking time: approx. 5-6 hrs. Overnight in Dingboche. *Note: Bottled water is not included and the trekkers have to purchase it separately, on their own, from the tea houses or the lodge.
Another day of rest and acclimatization. You will go up the valley to look at the TsholaTsho Lake and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. You can also climb to the ridge overlooking Pheriche for a view of the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Mt. Lhotse. Overnight in Dingboche. *Note: Bottled water is not included and the trekkers have to purchase it separately, on their own, from the tea houses or the lodge.
You will continue hiking up the wide valley under the protective presence of the peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on your left. You will then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The teahouse at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb, there are several stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt. Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche. Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hrs. Overnight in Lobuche. *Note: Bottled water is not included and the trekkers have to purchase it separately, on their own, from the tea houses or the lodge.
This part of the trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where it crosses a tributary glacier. You will stop for lunch at Gorakshep, which will be your lodge for the night. You may continue hiking for a while on the trail but, as the light begins to fade, you will stroll back to the teahouse/lodge for an early night in view of the final push towards Everest Base Camp the following day. Trekking time: approx.6-7 hrs. Overnight in Gorakshep. *Note: Bottled water is not included and the trekkers have to purchase it separately, on their own, from the tea houses or the lodge.
You will start very early in the morning, as the trail is long, weaving its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the way back, you can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the path to the South Col. You will return to either Gorakshep or Lobuche. Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hrs. Overnight in GorakShep or Lobuche. *Note: Bottled water is not included and the trekkers have to purchase it separately, on their own, from the tea houses or the lodge.
Today’s trek is mostly downhill. As you retrace your steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, you will arrive at the Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekkers’ aid post, worth a visit. Trekking time: approx. 5-6 hrs. Overnight in Pheriche. *Note: Bottled water is not included and the trekkers have to purchase it separately, on their own, from the tea houses or the lodge.
You will continue following the river and, after crossing it, you will climb up through a birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche, you will descend to the bridge over DudhKosi. At PhunkiTenga, you get to look at the water-driven prayer wheels, before making your way back to Namche. By now, you should already feel revived, breathing more oxygen in the air! Trekking time: approx. 6-7hrs. Overnight in Namche. *Note: Bottled water is not included and the trekkers have to purchase it separately, on their own, from the tea houses or the lodge.
Your final day's trek follows DudhKosi down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration. Get ready to party with your Sherpa guides and porters, and don’t forget to try some Sherpa dance steps. Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hrs. Overnight in Lukla. *Note: Bottled water is not included and the trekkers have to purchase it separately, on their own, from the tea houses or the lodge.
After an early breakfast, you will head to the airstrip for your flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the rest of the day relaxing, strolling in the streets, shopping in Thamel (the internationally known tourist hub of Asia), or enjoying the local delicacies. Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, and depending on your departure details, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.