The Itinerary

Our plan is to maximise the daylight and move at a sustainable pace that allows adequate acclimatisation to the altitude and recovery between days. Our greatest challenge is the varying terrain, with technical climbs and stairs being very demanding on Jay’s upper body. For most people the downhills are a chance to recover, but for Jay they are both tough on his body, but also a fall hazard. The final hurdle is the weather. The overnight temperatures at this time of the year can fall below -20 degrees Celsius and there’s every chance of heavy snowfall. Below is the draft itinerary, however there’s scope to amend things as we progress and adapt to the terrain and weather.

November 30 – Kathmandu Arrival

10:20PM Arrive KTM

Drive to Thamel. We’ll be greeted at the Kathmandu Airport (KTM) by a local team member who will take us to our hotel in the heart of the city. It’s a late arrival so we will be straight to bed.

Elevation: 1,400 m 

Distance: 30min drive to Thamel Accommodation 

December 1 – Lukla to Ghat

Early morning flight to Lukla. After arrival the trek begins straight away with an ‘easy’ walk to Ghat. For us, no walking is easy.

Departure Time: TBC

Elevation: 2492m 

Distance: 4.6km

December 2 – Ghat to Jorsalle

Today the real trekking begins walking through stunning forests alongside a river named in Nepali as the “milky river” due to its milky colour from the ice melt. 

Departure Time: 7AM

Elevation: 2740m 

Distance: 7.6 km 

December 3 – Jorsalle to Namche

A highlight is crossing the famous “yak bridge”, the highest suspension bridge in the world. The days trek ends at Namche Bazaar.

Departure Time: 7:30AM

Elevation: 3440m 

Distance: 4.8 km

December 4 – Time to acclimatise in Namche

Today is all about acclimatizing! After breakfast, we’ll take a short but relatively steep hike up to the Everest View Hotel for a cup of tea.

Departure Time: 9AM

Elevation: 3,445 – 3,880 – 3,445 m 

Distance: 4 – 5 km (4-5 hours hike up and back)

December 5 – Namche to Tengboche

On the way to Tengboche we will walk through pine forests and past stupas. There are epic views of some of the Himalaya’s highest peaks. After lunch it’s a switchback trail ending at Tengboche monastery which is the largest and oldest monastery in the Khumbu region. 

Departure Time: 7AM

Elevation: 3860m 

Distance: 9km

December 6 – Tengboche to Pangboche

Proper alpine hiking with altitude starting to play a significant role.

Departure Time: 8AM

Elevation: 3930m 

Distance: 4.5 km

December 7 – Pangboche to Dingboche

The first part of the trail past Pangboche heads downhill to a bridge over the river. Past the bridge the trail follows the cliffside, rolling up and down with whilst gaining elevation all the way up to Dingboche. Which is has stunning views of Ama Dablam and surrounding peaks.

Departure Time: 7:30AM

Elevation: 4410m 

Distance: 7.2 km

December 8 – Dingboche to Thukla

Today we will make our way through a spectacular valley surrounded by some of the world’s highest peaks. We will need to cross a rocky section over a river before making your way into Thukla. 

Departure Time: 7:30AM

Elevation: 4620m 

Distance: 4.8 km

December 9 – Thukla to Lobuche

We will stop at Khagan Chorten, a beautiful cemetery and Buddhist site that remembers those who have lost their lives on Everest.

Departure Time: 7:30AM

Elevation: 4910m 

Distance: 3.2 km

December 10 – Lobuche to Gorakshep

Start the day heading upwards with a challenging ascent to the village of Gorak Shep. Views of the magnificent Mount Pumori and Khumbu Glacier.

Departure Time: 7:30AM

Elevation: 5140m 

Distance: 4.6 km

December 11 – Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep

Today we will walk along Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp (5364m) before descending back down to Gorak Shep for the evening.

Departure Time: 7AM

Elevation: 5364m 

Distance: 6.6 km

December 12 – Gorakshep to Kala Patthar- Heli to Lukla- Return to Kathmandu

The high altitude and cold temperatures make this early morning one of the toughest parts of our trek but this mornings trek really is worth getting up for. We’ll trek up to the highest point of our journey, Kala Pathar (5555m), for stunning, unobstructed, 360 views of the highest Himalayan peaks in the morning light. Afterwards the helicopter will come to pick us up from the Kala Patthar half way point. After returning to Lukla we will then fly back to Kathmandu.

Departure Time: TBC

Elevation: 5140m – 5555m- 2492m- 1,400m

December 13/14 – Weather days!

December 15 – Depart Kathmandu