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  • 1

    Start Kathmandu.

    Our tour starts in Kathmandu. There will be a full trek briefing this evening.

  • 2

    Take the short but spectacular mountain flight to Lukla (2800m)and trek to Phakding.

    We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2800m), and set off on the first short leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi river (or 'milk river'). We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2652m), where we spend our first night.

  • 3

    Follow the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Namche Bazaar (3440m), with time to explore the market.

    Heading out of Phakding we follow the Dudh Kosi northwards and walk through magnificent forests of rhododendron, giant fir and magnolia trees, and both in spring and autumn the ground is bright with flowers. Passing through Benkar and Monzo, we stop for a light snack and continue on to the small village of Jorsale (2805m). We cross the river and start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. During this ascent we should have our first glimpse of the summit of Everest, appearing majestically behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. Another 300m of climbing brings us to Namche Bazaar, the administrative centre of the Khumbu region. There is a famous bustling market selling fresh foodstuffs brought up from lower villages.

  • 4

    Acclimatisation walk to the Sherpa villages of Kunde, where there's the chance to visit the Edmund Hillary hospital, and Khumjung.

    We climb steeply out of Namche, with excellent views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and many other magnificent peaks. We stop for tea at the spectacular Everest View Hotel, which was built by the Japanese and renowned for wonderful views of Everest. We continue our trek to the village of Kunde, where we have the opportunity to visit the Edmund Hillary hospital. Passing through the village of Khumjung, we visit the monastery where, for a small donation we will be shown the only Yeti skull in the world! Descending to the main trail, we have excellent views of Ama Dablam and spend the night at Kyanjuma.

  • 5

    Trek through the Sherpa heartland to the monastery at Thyangboche (3867m) and soak up the incredible views of Everest.

    This morning we descend to the river and cross it at the little settlement of Phunki Thangkha (3250m). After a tea break we enter the forest and start the long climb to the village of Thyangboche(3867m). We should arrive by lunchtime and have the afternoon to explore this wonderful place. We stay in a small but cosy lodge on the ridge with amazing views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. When it’s clear, we have the best mountain views and a spectacular sunset and sunrise. The magnificent Thyangboche monastery is right next to our lodge, so we will have plenty of time to look around. There is usually a prayer service midafternoon, which we are allowed to join.

  • 6

    Trek through the Sherpa heartland to the monastery at Thyangboche (3867m) and soak up the incredible views of Everest.

    We descend off the ridge down to Phunki Tenga and then climb through Teshinga to Kyanjuma, where we spend one night. From Kyanjuma we have great views across the valley to Ama Dablam, and the lodge has a fantastic bakery with fresh cakes and pies.

  • 7

    Trek to Monzo via Namche.

    We take the beautiful undulating trail high above the Dudh Kosi river back to Namche Bazaar, where we have a couple of hours to relax and explore. After lunch we descend from Namche Bazaar back down to the river, through Jorsale to Monzo.

  • 8

    Follow the trail back to Lukla.

    We retrace our steps through Benkar and Phakding. At Chaunrikhara we leave the main trail and climb the short distance to the airstrip at Lukla.

  • 9

    Fly to Kathmandu.

    We fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel, where we have the rest of the day to relax or explore Kathmandu.

  • 10

    Free day in historic Kathmandu for sightseeing or shopping.

    Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. Outside is Kumari Chowk, home of the Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living goddess. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Alternatively you may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. We offer a full range of sightseeing tours, which can be booked and paid for locally. Please see the Optional Excursions section or the Exodus notice board in the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • 11

    End Kathmandu.

    The trip ends after breakfast. Those on the group flight will be transferred to the airport, which departs in the morning and arrives in the UK the same day.

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