Classic Everest - Diamond Jubilee Trek Dates & Rates
dates & prices
There are no trips scheduled for this expedition.
Please note: For passengers arriving earlier then the start date of the expedition, transfers can be provided at USD $20 per person.
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu (1317m). Transfer to hotel and overnight in hotel.
Day 2 Sightseeing Tour and evening at leisure
Day 3 Fly Kathmandu-Lukla – Commence trekking to Phakding (2840m to 2610m). After breakfast, transfer to the domestic airport for a flight to Lukla by Yeti Airlines. After Lunch at Lukla, a scenic 3 hour walk to Phakding: We begin with a gentle climb along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla (5885m) and Kusumkang (6367m) can be seen in the distance. Following the left bank of Dudh Koshi river we reach Phakding. We visit the monastery of Sano Gomila, Rimijung Gompa. This Gompa is home to ancient idols housed in a metal cask. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home – Phakding.
Day 4 Trek to Monjo. After breakfast we embark on 3 hours gentle walking. As you follow the level path along the right bank, Thamserku (6623m) looms skyward on the opposite bank. After crossing a stream and climbing the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, you arrive at Banker. Walking along a riverbed and through woodland, you arrive at Chumo before beginning the ascent to Monjo and Yeti Mountain Lodge, where lunch is served. After lunch your guide will take you to visit the local monastery before a relaxing evening of acclimatisation at the Lodge.
Day 5 Trek to Namche – 4-5 hours (3440m). After breakfast 4-5 hours walk to Namche: Crossing into the Sagarmartha National Park, trekkers will cross mountain steams, suspension bridges, and lush mountainsides, taking in the splendour of your surroundings. Following a steady path, you pass the village of Manjo and eneter the national park. The river forks – on your right is Dudh Kosi and on the left Bhote Kosi that leads to Nangpa La. Crossing a suspension bridge and walking a short distance along the Bhote Kosi you ascend to the picturesque village of Namche Bazar. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home – Namche.
Day 6 Namche Excursion day. After a healthy mountain breakfast you will embark on a 30 minute walk to the 50th Anniversary Everest Memorial Stupa built by the Grandson of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay - Tashi Tenzing himself. The Stupa affords breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Amadamlam which you can enjoy over a hot cup of tea. On the way back we head to the Sherpa museum where you can learn about Sherpa culture and history and see inside a traditional Sherpa. Lunch at the lodge. During the afternoon we visit the Namche Monastery and then you are free to head down to the market to buy gifts or just wander around the Village of Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home – Namche
Day 7 Trek to Thame – 4-5 hours (3800m). The trail is the entry route to Tibet through Nangpa La which passes by Cho Oyu (8012m), first summited in 1954. This is a most beautiful and peaceful trail adorned with scented pine trees and various varieties of Rhododendron trees (the National Flower of Nepal). You pass the village of Thomo, Samden. From here you cross the Bhote Koshi River and ascend 200m to Thame Village; home of the most famous Sherpas including Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Mr Apps Sherpa (who summited Everest 21 times) Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home – Thame
Day 8 Thame Excursion day (3800m). After breakfast, we walk up to Thame Monastery. We continue our walk for 4-5 hours towards the Sumdur Peak (5229m), situated on the head of Thame Gompa (known by locals as “Special Peak). Once you reach the top, one can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Teng Kangpoche, Kongde, Everest, Makalu, Pharcharmo, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Kangtega and Kusum Kang. You also pass by Nangpa La and Tashi Laptcha Peak. Evening entertainment is provided with a special Sherpa Cultural Dance program performed by the Mothers of Thame. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home – Thame
Day 9 Trek to Kongde (4250m). After breakfast you walk about 6 hours through beautiful rhododendron, pine and bamboo forests. This route is the original Khumbu Sherpa used before 1950. From Thame, you will have a leisurely downhill walk for 30 minutes to Khumbu Electric Power House, on the other side of Bhote Koshi River, before coming across a typical small Sherpa village “PARE”. Walking through pine and bamboo forests you will arrive at the impressive glacier of Kongde Mountain which affords fantastic views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Enjoy a hearty packed lunch with panoramic views of Khumbu in the background. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home – Kongde
Day 10 Kongde - Excursion Day (4250m). After breakfast walk 3 hours to Farak Ri (500m) – a spectacular spot that enjoys panoramic views of the entire Khumbu Valley and views of 8000m peaks of Everest, Lhotse Makalu, Cho Oyu, Ama Dalam, Thamserku to name a few. Reconvening back at the lodge for lunch & dinner, guests can enjoy the spellbinding panoramic views of Tengboche monastery, Namche and Khumjung village. Soak up the grandeur of the Solukhumbu Ranges as you relax with an aperitif of your choice. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home – Kongde
Day 11 The excitement is palpable as guests prepare for the helicopter flight of a lifetime – This optional activity will whisk you up in a B3 Euro Helicopter (the best for the High Altitude Flying) over the Gokyo lakes, striking mountain passes, over Everest Base camp, passing the Khumbu Glacier and then back towards the valley of Lukla. After landing at Lukla you will connect to your schedule flight back to Kathmandu (45 mins). If the weather is unfavourable, you will walk back to Lukla via Phakding (2 hrs) where lunch will served . After lunch the group will trek back to Lukla for overnight stay at the Yeti Mountain Lodge.
Day 12 Kathmandu – sightseeing or day at leisure – overnight at hotel
Day 13 Final Departure, transfer to international airport
How to Prepare
To ensure you have an enjoyable and safe trekking expedition we have developed some important pre-departure information to help you prepare. Our reservation staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Before you depart for your expedition we will send you a detailed pack including your itinerary, travel documents and any other essential information relevant to your voyage.
Our treks often venture into more remote country and cross mountain passes, with some also reaching high altitudes. Read more on our trek grading.
Fitness is an important aspect of any trekking holiday, especially in high altitude. The fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. It is also essential for resisting colds and illness during your trip.
The trek is suitable for anyone who loves hill walking and leads a healthy, active lifestyle. If you exercise regularly, we recommend as a minimum to train four to six months prior to the trip, walking for at least 3km, three times a week. If you are not normally active, you may need to increase your training to include 45 minutes of aerobic type exercise, three to six times a week. Ensure you train using your trekking gear, such as shoes and a backpack filled with 2-3 kilos.
As level ground is rare in the mountains, we also recommend to include some uphill training with a mixture of slopes and stairs into your training program. Remember to take the stairs wherever possible; not only does this build strength in your legs and buttocks, it is also one of the quickest ways to increase your fitness and expand your lung capacity.
You will be walking through undulating country for extended periods of time, albeit at an easy, comfortable pace. The distances are not great, however due to the amount of inclines and walking in high altitude, most people find that they are not able to maintain their normal pace. Our shortest walk is about three hours, whilst our last day is a full eight-hour day (including breaks).
The path itself is mostly a rocky, uneven surface, so good balance and stability is a must. Walking poles are provided for support only, you must be able to walk on uneven surfaces without them if required. We climb and descend an average of 300-400 metres each day, which can cause some pressure on knees, hips and joints. If you have any concerns please call our sales team to access your abilities on +61 2 9252 1033.
For treks going above 3,500 m we are very careful with acclimatisation to altitude, and our trekking schedules have been carefully designed to minimise the effects. We ascend slowly and ensure an adequate number of rest days to enable safe acclimatisation. It is still possible for mountain sickness to occur, so a close watch is kept on each group member by the leader, who is trained in recognising early symptoms of acute mountain sickness.
Medication such as Diamox is available to relieve the symptoms of altitude sickness. Please ask your doctor for advice before travelling. If you wish to find out more about acute mountain sickness visit http://www.himalayanrescue.org for more information.
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**Please keep in mind visa and passport requirements for countries you will pass through to reach your trek destination.**
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