Kathmandu is the gateway to the Himalayan heaven. Upon arrival here you can stay at any of the numerous hotels and meet your trek guide if you have hired one. Rest for a day or two to give your body a chance to take in the sudden change in altitudes(13,00m above sea level). There are many spiritual and historical sites which you can visit, like the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath), and the Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world.
There are a dozen flights from Kathmandu to Lukula (2,652m). The flight is one of the most beautiful you will witness in your life, with sentinel, snow capped mountains visible from the window guarding the secrets of the lush valleys below.
Upon arrival at the Tenzing- Hillary airport you proceed to the hamlet of Phakding which is a two and a half hour trek. If you are lone trekkers without a guide don’t be worried. There are numerous Sherpas who are more than happy to point you towards the right path. Upon reaching Phakding make an overnight pit stop to charge your batteries.
Wake up early and commence your trek to Namche bazaar (3,440m). The track leading to the centre of the Everest is one which surpasses all the notions of beauty you have in your mind. The track along Dudh Kosi River is a blissful journey. Fill in all your senses with the plethora of colour, the sweet smell, the musical sounds, and the healing mountain air that is present in this heavenly path.
As you push on you are rewarded with the mighty prospect of the Mt. Thamserku(6,618m). Moving on through the tiny settlements of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, you will see the check post of the famous Sagarmatha National Park known to house many exotic flora and fauna of the region. The trail continues through forests until you see the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and the Bhote Koshi rivers. Persevere further along a steep two hour trail and you will get a look at the elusive, glistening, majestic Mt.Everest. After another one and a half hours of exertion one reaches the trading centre of the Everest region, Namche Bazaar.
Now it is necessary to stay for a day at Namche Bazaar. It is highly important for your body to accustom itself to the changing altitudes. Health experts suggest that you not stay idle but move around, we suggest a rekki of the Bazaar which has ATMs, cafes, pizza houses, etc.
Next up is Tengboche (3,870m) which is a comparatively easier hike. The place is great for close up views of the Everest, Mt. Amadablam, and Mt. Nuptse. The biggest monastery of the Khumbu region is located here. On the way you will spot many of the Himalayan fauna like the musk deer, Himalayan Thar, or the multicoloured pheasants. Make an overnight spot at Tengboche and leave for Dingboche (4,360m) in the morning. The trek to this town is a steep one but none the less. You bypass the breathtaking Imja Valley and the Lobuche River to earn yourself the view of Dingboche with its large array of fields protected by stone walls.
This is the second acclimatization stop. There is a ridge behind the village from where you can gaze, enchanted, at three of the world's 6 highest peaks; Mt Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Cho Yu. This is an ideal acclimatizing excursion. From a higher point on the ridge you can see a spectacular view of the sweeping Imja Khola Valley and the picturesque fields of Dingboche.
After a day at Dingboche you carry on further to Duglha (4,600m) and Lobuche (4,940m). The trek gives you awesome views of more mountain peaks and on the way you will find memorials of Scott Fischer and Babu Chiri Sherpa.
The trek that you will undertake the next day will achieve the purpose of all the toil. It's both, demanding and rewarding. The trek to Gorak Shep (5,180m) and further on to the Base Camp (5,545m) is the climax of all your efforts and will test your limits. But the end result is something that will be imprinted in your minds. The Mount Everest in all its glory stands tall and proud, unfathomable and untamed. Overnight at the camp will give you a chance to steal a glimpse of its morning glory.
The descent takes you through rhododendron fields, over the Imja Valley and a steep downward trek along the Dudh Koshi to the beautiful village of Kyangjuma (3,570m). Overnight at this village and the next day we descend further along the winding steep trail of the Namche Hills, through the forest where you can try to look for snow leopards, mountain goats, colourful pheasants. The official exit of the Sagarmatha National Park leads you to the tranquil hamlet of Monjo (2,840m). After a night at Monjo the descent lead to Lukula, which is again a very fun trek where one crosses the Dudh Koshi River 3 times and walks through the expanse of the rhododendron bushes. After a night at Lukula, an early morning flight takes you back to Kathmandu.