“I was impressed with the individual attention given in a 40-person 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
Day1: Arrive in Kathmandu (October 3, 2013) 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– Pheriche: 6 – 7 hrs For the fit and hardy an early departure up Kala Pattar at 5,545m/18,192ft, a ridge that offers mind boggling views of Mt. Everest, Pumori and Ama Dablam, is an option. This makes for an amazing day for the stout at heart – Kala Pattar means Black Rock. The rest depart for our return trek through Lobuche to Pheriche.
Day 12: Pheriche – Phortse: 6 –7 hours A bit below Pheriche we cross the river and follow the trail back to Pangboche (3,860m/12,664ft) along the north bank of Imja Khola, and into the shadows of beautiful Ama Dablam. 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: Lukla back to Kathmandu and Celebration Dinner …weather permitting. It is possible to get stuck in Lukla due to weather 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 16: 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, the stunning mountains, the frenetic pace of Kathmandu, and the charming people of Nepal, yet the memories and friendships you take with you will last a life time….see Testimonials (the experiences of the May 2010 trekkers/adventurers)