Day 1. Arrive Kathmandu/ Transfer to Hotel Malla. You
will be met on your arrival at Kathmandu international airport
and transferred to your hotel (Hotel Malla). Take your time to
relax and recuperate from your flight. You will be briefed in
the afternoon and will be able to meet the other members before
taking a walk to the famous Rum Doodle Restaurant for dinner.
2. Sightseeing and familiarization in Kathmandu. Kathmandu
is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular
destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to
visitors in the 1950s. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism,
Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the surrounding valley.
Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major Neighboring cities, bear immense
historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be
a half-day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine
of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Boudhanath,
and Swayambhunath. Afterwards you will pack your soft mountain
bags, which will be given to you, and leave you excess material
in the hotel until we return from our expedition.
Day 3. Fly to Lukla (2,900m) / Trek to Phakding (2,656m).
The flight to Lukla in Solu Khumbu (the main gateway to Mt Everest
- 29,035ft) takes about 45 minutes. In Lukla, you will meet your
trek support team, your porters and the yaks. Once all the large
kit bags and equipment have been allocated to porters and yaks,
we start walking along the Dhud Khosi Valley close to the river,
and slowly meander up and down well-constructed paths through
the villages to Phakding, where you will stay overnight in a Sherpa
4. Trek to Namche (3,450m). After an early call and “bed tea”,
coffee or hot chocolate, a bowl of warm washing water will be
brought to your room. Once dressed, we recommend you pack before
breakfast so that the porters can get under way as soon as they
are ready. From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high
suspension bridges to Monjo, which marks the entrance to the Sagarmatha
National Park. We then take a steep long trek to Namche Bazaar
(11,320ft), the main trading village in the Khumbu. The Sherpa
capital has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu
traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have
crossed the glaciated Nangpa La Pass. We stay in a Sherpa Land
in Namche Bazaar.
5. Rest day in Namche (3,450m) – Meet & Brief. Namche is tucked
away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and
has an abundance of lodges, tea houses and souvenir shops as well
as a magnificent outlook that seems to meet western standards,
even at this remote mountain outpost. It is an ideal place to
spend a rest day to acclimatise to the new altitude. Options for
acclimatisation walks include a visit to the Khunde hospital,
which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up
to the Everest view hotel above Namche for the sunset view of
Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. You will meet the 'advanced
party' of management staff and crew, who may well have left Katmandu
to trek before you.
6. Trek to Syangboche (3,810m) / Jump Day. The management
staff and crew will meet and brief you, and familiarise you with
the equipment and routines that will apply to the drop zone during
the parachuting programme. There will be familiarisation and briefings
for solo and tandem jumpers. Solo jumpers will do familiarization
jumps from the Pilatus Porter P6 turbine. Please Note: The
drop zone is a strict alcohol-free zone for everyone, including
observers, at all times.
7 – 10 Jump days. Everest Skydive from 29,500ft in front of Mt.
Everest. You will exit with your tandem instructor and aerial
cameraman or jumpmaster. The Director of Parachuting Operations
will plan the jump days with consideration for weather and safety.
Day 10. Helicopter transfer to Lukla airstrip from where we
take a plane to Kathmandu. Free Day in Kathmandu.
Day 11. Depart Kathmandu. Airport transfer.
Extension Trip (Optional) - Ten Days Everest
Base Camp Extension
Day 11. Trek to Tengboche (3,864m). From Namche, the trail
contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi.
We get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu,
including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by
several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to
a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal
stopover for lunch. Here we can rest before making the steep climb
to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring,
it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes
with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is
famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu.
Here you can enjoy a spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and
Ama Dablam rising on the horizon.
Day 12. Trek to Pheriche (4,252m). We descend downhill
through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the
village of Pangboche. This village is directly opposite Ama Dablam
[6,856 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the
Gompa, Mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground.
A further two hours walk brings us to Pheriche, where we will
stop for the night.
Day 13. Trek to Lobuche (4,930m). We continue up the wide
valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on
the left. We then take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu
Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch.
The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal
moraine. At the top we will see many memorials for the climbers,
who died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then ascends gently
along the glacier to Lobuche.
Day 14. Trek to Gorak Shep (5,184m), visit Kala Pattar (5,545m).
To reach our next stop, Kala Pattar, we follow the Khumbu
Glacier. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains,
especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary
glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place: Gorak Shep. Later
in the afternoon, we make our way to the top of one of the finest
viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5,554m]. As the
light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at Gorak Shep
and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest
Base Camp the following day.
Day 15. Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,357m)/Return to Gorakshep.
A very early start is required to reach Everest Base Camp. It
takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles
and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg,
we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu
icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to Gorak Shep.
Day 16. Trek to Pheriche (4,252m). We are back going downhill
as we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, where
we visit the Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s health
post, which is well worth a visit.
Day 17. Trek to Tengboche (3,864m). We continue to follow
the river and climb back up through a birch and rhododendron forest
to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam,
Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants that
will accompany us.
Day 18. Trek to Namche (3,450m). From Tengboche we descend
to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we get to see
the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to
Day 19. Trek to Lukla (2,800m). Our final day's trekking
follows the Dudh Kosi back to Lukla, where we have a party with
our Sherpa guides and porters. For the adventurous ones, we will
offer some local beer (Chang) and they can try their skills with
a bit of Sherpa dance.
Day 20. Fly to Kathmandu. We pack up early and head for
the airstrip to hop on a flight back to Kathmandu. On touchdown,
the rest of your day is free, which you can spend shopping or
just relaxing in your comfortable hotel.
Day 21. Depart Kathmandu. Transfer to airport.