This trek has evolved over the years following so many requests for such an experience. The trek follows a similar itinerary to our Youth trek and it suited to those wanting a balance between trekking and immersing in the Sherpa way of life, spending time working on our community projects and soaking up all that the culture has to offer.
Day 1. Auckland to Kathmandu
We are taken to the Maya Manor Hotel, our base during our time in Kathmandu.
Day 2. Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakdingma
We depart Kathmandu on an early morning mountain flight to the Hillary built an airstrip at Lukla, altitude 2,840m. Our trek commences along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River to Phakdingma for our first night in the Everest Valley.
Day 3. Phakdingma to Namche
An early start on the trail up the Everest Valley then on through the entrance of Sagamartha National Park followed by a stunning trek up the famous Namche Hill to the Sherpa capital at 3,440m. We stay at the Sherpaland Hotel in the heart of Namche.
Day 4. Namche
A rest day in and around Namche. We include a walk to the National Park Headquarters, where we are treated to our first view of Mt Everest and other great mountains of the high Himalaya. We also have time to spend at the Namche markets.
Day 5. Namche to Khunde
A steep climb up to the memorial to Sir Ed, his wife, and daughter, then along to the small village of Khunde, our base for the next two nights.
Day 6. Khunde
The day is spent working on our community project within the village of Khunde involving propagation in our plant nursery.
Day 7. Khunde to Deboche
An awe-inspiring day takes us from 3,550m to 3,710m at Deboche, and will have us on the trail for approximately six hours. We trek the Thyangboche Hill and then cross the plateau to Deboche. Stunning views are in every direction. Our accommodation is in a very comfortable Rivendell Lodge.
Day 8. Deboche
Today we reach the literal “high point” of the trip at approximately 5,000m. The day starts with a visit to Pangboche Monastery followed by a day trip to Ama Dablam Base Camp. This in an absolute highlight where we are surrounded by the highest mountains on earth.
Day 9. Deboche to Jorsale
We’re on the downhill journey and a substantial descent to 3,440m. We are back in the Sherpa capital in time for lunch, then back on the trail down the familiar Namche Hill. Tonight we stay at the lovely Nirvana Lodge.
Day 10. Jorsale to Lukla
Our penultimate day in the Everest Valley sees us stop once again at Phakdingma for lunch then on to Lukla whilst reflecting on our achievements since setting off on foot 9 days ago.
Day 11. Lukla to Kathmandu
Our early morning flight from Lukla gives us our last views of the Himalaya; we return to the Maya Manor. The rest of the day is at leisure, with active options for those who want them, maybe some shopping at the markets or perhaps simply a day of relaxation.
Day 12. Kathmandu
Day tour to discover the wonders of this 1,000-year-old city, including a visit historic sites at Pashupatinath and Boudanath, followed by some shopping in the Thamel district.