Day 0114th March 19
- Arrival to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
The first view of Nepal from the window of your plane could be a lifetime memorable view as the clear wide and white range of Himalayas shine straight in-front of your eyes. The ecstatic beauty is so rare that you won’t be able to blink your eyes. Welcome to Nepal; a large heaven within this small planet Earth.
A Rahhalah representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
Day 0215th March 19
- Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding (2656m) (B, L, D)
A flight to Lukla - weather permitting -and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding.
Approx trekking time 4-5 hrs /Distance: 6km
Day 0316th March 19
- Trek to Namche (3450m) (B, L, D)
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.
Approx trekking time 5-6 hrs/Distance: 7,5km
Day 0417th March 19
- Rest day in Namche (B, L, D)
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the 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 off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one hour walk up to the Everest view point above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.
Day 0518th March 19
- Trek to Diboche (3860 m) (B, L, D)
From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. We get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga.
The village is an ideal stopover for lunch. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery.
Approx trekking time -5-6 hrs /Distance: 7 km
Day 0619th March 19
- Trek to Dingboche (4358 m) (B, L, D)
We descend downhill through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb 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. A further two hours walk brings us to Dingboche.
Approx trekking time 5-6 hrs. Distance : 9km
Day 0720th March 19
- At Dingboche (B, L, D)
A day for rest and acclimatization. We also get to wander up the valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. We can climb up onto the ridge overlooking Pheriche for the view of the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Mt.Lhotse.
Day 0821st March 19
- Trek to Lobuche (4930m) (B, L, D)
We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house 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 many 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.
Approx trekking time 5-6 hrs /Distance: 7,5km
Day 0922nd March 19
- Trek to Gorak Shep (B, L, D)
The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place: Gorak Shep. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our teahouse/ lodge at Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.
Approx trekking time: 3-4 hrs to Gorakshep /Distance 4,5 km
Day 1023rd March 19
- Trek to Everest Base Camp (5357m) (B, L, D)
A very early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche.
Note: This is the last night the two groups will be together till they meet for the farewell dinner in Kathmandu. The Group splits to two as follows:
Group 1- EBC Trek only
Group 2- EBC with Island Peak Extension
Day 1124th March 19
- Group 1: Trek to Pheriche (4252m )(B, L, D)
Today’s trek is mostly downhill. As we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, we arrive at The Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s aid post and worth a visit.
Trekking distance: 14 km
Group 2: Trek to Chukkung ( 4730 m) (B, L, D)
Day 1225th March 19
- Group 1: Trek to Namche (3450m) (B, L, D)
We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche. We will feel revived breathing more oxygen rich air already.
Trekking distance: 10 km
Group 2: Trek to Island Peak Base camp (5200 m) and practice (B, L, D)
Day 1326th March 19
- Group 1: Trek to Lukla (2800m) (B, L, D)
Our final day's trek follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla. This last evening calls for a celebration. We have a party with our sherpa guides and porters. We try out some Sherpa dance steps.
Trekking distance: 13,5 km
Group 2: Trek from Base camp to Summit (6189 m) and back to Base camp (B, L, D)
Day 1427th March 19
- Group 1: Fly to Kathmandu (B)
We pack up early and head for the airstrip to hop a flight back to Kathmandu.
On touchdown, the rest of your day is free to explore the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. You could do some shopping or go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia.
Group 2: Contingency day in case of bad weather - fly to Kathmandu (subject to weather conditions) (B)
Day 1528th March 19
- Kathmandu – free day ( B, D)
Today you will have a free day to rest or explore Kathmandu. You will re join the second group and celebrate the last night in Nepal and last night in R2S 2. Farewell dinner.
Day 1629th March 19
- Departure Katmandu ( B)
Our representative will take you to the airport for your flight home.