“I was impressed with the individual attention given to every person in the group. Personally, I thought Werner was always accessible, and helpful. I was confident that any concern I brought to him would be considered fairly and efficiently. Werner was a good model for us. –Gary Graves., CA USA
April 29 – May 14, 2019
Day1: Arrive in Kathmandu (April 5, 2019) – Upon your arrival you will be met at the airport and driven to our Hotel. You have a chance to rest and explore a bit of teeming Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Today is designed for you to enjoy the sights and smells of Asia. We will visit historical and spiritual attractions such as historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temples, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ and one of the largest stupas in the world, Buddha Nath. In the afternoon our group will meet for a briefing (to review the upcoming adventure) and a one (1) hour leadership session.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding: 3-4 hour – Early morning flight (40 min) to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) across beautiful, Nepalese mountain scenery. The trek starts from Lukla with a 2 hour acclimatization stop, followed by a downhill stroll to our lodging at Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft). We will have descended to the Dudh Kosi River (2,530m/8,300ft) and followed the river to our accommodation. This easy day will assist with acclimatization; for the energetic, a side trip to a monastery can be arranged. We will be sure to let the Yak trains pass safely.
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar: 5-7 hours – Today you will be awakened by a friendly ‘Good Morning’ and after breakfast we trek through stately pine forests, cross the Dudhkosi River, get the first view of the Mt Everest (weather permitting) and start the slow and steep climb to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft). . . reciting a mantra helps! Namche Bazaar is the portal to Mt. Everest and the main trading centre of this region.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar – Acclimatization day. We will climb to the look-out point for a great view of Mt. Everest, Amadablam and one of the most beautiful valleys you will ever see. After, and if you feel up to it, we will climb higher to Syangboche and the Everest View Hotel (built by the Japanses as a deluxe hotel with great views of Mt. Everest and the highest mountains on Earth). After, you can relax and/or explore quaint Namche Bazaar. It has shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market (each Saturday).
Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche: 4-6 hours – Today we trek along the “Everest Highway” (one man’s contribution to trekkers and porters), through Phunki Thanga, across the Imja Khola river and up to the famous monastery at Tengboche (3,810m/12,500ft).
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche: 5 – 6 hrs – In the early morning light, the monastery in Tengboche and the surrounding mountains look pristine and unbelievably spectacular (this is the place the short, touching LarsenGlobal video was taken – see HOME page). Today our trail takes us through beautiful forest (Werner calls it “Merlin’s Forest” because it’s so magical), down to the river and back up to the village of Pangboche. We pass several Chortens, Mani-stone walls, small villages and marvel at one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, Ama-Dablam. After lunch we trek past the towering north face of Ama Dablam, into the Imja Khola Valley. We cross the Lobuche River, and hike up to Dingboche for a well earned rest (4,360 m/14,300 ft)
Day 08: Dingboche – Duglha: 3 – 4 hrs – We start this short day with a slow climb out of the Imja Khola Valley and trek along an arid terrace toward the ancient camp site used during the first successful attempt to climb Mt. Everest in 1953, Phulung Karpo. On the trail we gaze in awe at the majestic landscape framed by the magnificent peaks of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft), Nuptse, Cholatse, Thamserku, and Labuche East. Shortly after crossing a raging mountain stream we arrive at Dugla. After lunch everyone must participate in an acclimatization hike. This is mandatory for everyone who wishes to trek higher into the Khumbu. Together with spending a night here the climb is ideal for helping our bodies adapt to the thin air (4,600 m/15,090 ft).
Day 09: Duglha – Lobuche: 2 – 4 hrs – The start of today’s trek is up the boulder strewn terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. At the top of the ridge we enter into the sacred and eerie space of memorials to climbers who have died while climbing Mt. Everest; Scott Fischer, Babu Chiri Sherpa (10 times Everest submitter) and many others. The views of great peaks like, Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal can only be described as stunning. We really are entering the domain of the high Himalaya. Although we are all now beginning to feel the altitude Lobuche is an easy walk beyond. (4940 m/16,207 ft).
Day 10: Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp – Gorak Shep: 7 to 8 hrs – Today we trek along the undulating edge, giant boulder dumps of the Khumbu Glacier to Gorak Shep. After lunch the trail takes us over more rocky, glacial trails to the famed Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft); the launch point and 5-7 week home of the Mt. Everest climbers. After a “camera jamboree” we return, back to Gorak Shep to overnight (5,160m/16,929ft).
Day 11:–Gorak Shep – Kala Pattar – Gorak Shep – Lobuche: 5 – 7 hrs – Today we play up high. We have breakfast and then hike up the ridge to Kala Pattar (5,545m/18,192ft) from whence we get a spectacular, actually mind boggling view of the world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest plus Pumori and Ama Dablam – Kala Pattar means Black Rock. Upon our return we have lunch, pack-up and take a leisurely hike back down to Lobuche.
Day 12:–Lobuche, Pheriche – Syomare : 6 – 7 hrs – An easy day as we trek down into ‘thicker’ and ‘thicker’ air, past Pheriche. A bit below Pheriche we cross the river and follow the trail back toward Pangboche (3,860m/12,664ft), to the north bank of Imja Khola, and into the shadows of beautiful Ama Dablam.
Day 13: Syomare – Phortse: 4 – 6 hours – From here we choose the alternate high route, through a stand of rhododendrons, toward a path that stays high as it traverses the rocky hillside on the North slopes of the Dude Khosi river. The views to the south of Tengboche, Ama Dablam and Transirku, are spectacular. Seasoned hickers of the May 2010 trek described this part of the trail as, “The most wonderful trekking we have ever been on.” Finally, after another breathtaking day we arrive in the quiet village of Phortse (3810m – 12,500 ft).
Day 14: Phortse to Namche Bazaar: 3 to 5 hrs – The forested trail leads us down to the bridge at Phortse Tang. To the right is the trail up the Gokyo Valley and the sacred lakes. We take a last long look at the beautiful mountains that frame and tower over Phortse, Taweche and Taboche. A steep climb is followed by us taking the easy lower route, below Khumjung, Syengboche and the Everest View Hotel, toward Namche Bazaar. In total we have descended 2100 feet or about 700 meters.
Day 15: Namche Bazaar – Phakding – Lukla: 7 to 8 hrs – Today the trail descends the steep section back to the Dudh Kosi and the Hillary Suspension bridges, past Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft). Now is the time to celebrate and to reflect on an incredible experience, described by most as, “unbelievable,” “life changing,” “unimaginable,” “quantum shift in consciousness,” “should be on everyone’s bucket list,” etc, etc.
Day 16: Lukla back to Kathmandu and Celebration Dinner …weather permitting. It is possible to get stuck in Lukla due to weather and flights not being able to land. Any costs incurred here, beyond the first day and night, are beyond our control and are at your discretion.
Day 17: End of trip – Most people allow a few extra days in Nepal prior to their return flights. This is to avoid the potential of flight cancellation fees if the flights from Lukla are delayed.
Upon your departure you will leave behind, 1. the stunning mountains, 2. the frenetic pace of Kathmandu, and 3. the charming people of Nepal, yet the memories and friendships you take with you will last a lifetime….see Testimonials (the experiences of previous trekkers/adventurers)